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fans wise up?
Speaking from what we've seen in the UK - looks like a lot less people queued up, but i think that's because the majority pre-ordered instead, not that there were significantly less people ordering the new one.
From what I can tell, in the UK Apple were using three courier companies to deliver. and all of them still had undelivered orders outstanding at 7pm tonight. That's got to be a lot of deliveries to overload the likes of TNT and UPS. UkMail is the 3rd one, but I dunno if they're a 'big' courier company like the other two.
Trouble is, I see TDK and I just think of the old cassettes and VHS tapes that we used to have in our house in the 80s and I have to put some real effort in not to dismiss them out of hand.
But the review does sound very good. Am sorely tempted as the last earphones I bought (Reid and Heath MA-350s following their favourable review by El Reg quite a while ago) have just stopped working in one ear (the nifty braided cord that did not get tangled unfortunately frayed at the connector end eventually and so broken the wires inside).
How about a comparison of PAYG prices?
From what i could see when i looked, Three was also wiping out the competiton for value (10gb of data for £10 i think it was, whereas all the others were offering 2gb for the same price) but I don't know how good their network signal in my areas.
For a data only device like an ipad, i'm thinking PAYG might be a better option than being tied to a two year contract.
<Charlton Heston>Duracells are snails! damn you, you maniacs!!!!</Charlton Heston>
three weeks warning doesn't sound like much good
what will they do with three weeks? is that enough time to mount a way to blast the rock out the sky? is it even enough time to find out where its going to hit and arrange for evacuation of the impact site?
where's the OMGWEREALLGONNADIE icon?
it's a digital signal??
"obtain perfect image transmission"
HDMI - it's a digital signal, with redundancy and error correction built into the standard. There's no need to pay over the odds for extra shielding. Although, that's not to say you should go with the absolute cheapest available. The very cheap cables might be affected over long distances enough to introduce enough bad data to disrupt the signal, but the thinking you'd still only see if on a 1080p image, 720p should still be able to recover the lost data before you see it.
This report from Bloomberg is old news.
TODAY's news has Reuters refuting the claim that Samsung is the sole supplier:
US entrants only?
Quote: THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (THE “ELIGIBILITY AREA”),
Plus, you have to have successfully submitted a game already to the iOS Store.
And i had such a good idea for rebooting Pong in the mould of Zork.... :)
Re: Why bother with E-Books?
e-books for fiction, i agree, the only benefit is that i can carry hundreds of books with me and if i finish reading one while on the train, i can pick and choose which one to read next.
but the real advantage is with reference books. I'm carrying around 12 programming books on my ipad at the moment. These are all 400+ page tomes, there's no way i could carry three of them around in my bag each day.
But i can search for text throughout them instead of having to half remember whereabouts in the book i read something, i can bookmark or highlight useful bits of code or suggested approaches to a problem. I can even copy example code, send it over to my laptop, paste it and test it instead of having to manually re-type it.
so for fiction, i'd say there's as many pros as cons for ebook versus dead-tree. But if you add reference books to that, then it makes sense to buy in to ebooks completely.
Re: Apple's argument falls down ...
"Your first sentence is clear evidence of collusion and price fixing."
No, his first sentence is saying, there's a argument over whether this clause exists.
If it exists, then it is clear evidence. But if it doesn't exist, then the rest of the evidence might turn out to be just coincidence and hearsay.
It's this clause that everyone keeps talking about, but no one has yet produced an example of, that's the crux to the argument.
that's gonna ache isn't it? holding your finger above the screen? either it's going to ache in your shoulder if your using it two handed, or ache at the base of your thumb if your one-handedly browsing
it doesn't need practical applications, it's so damn cool just in and of itself
Re: My money
good point - he might be Jean Claude Van Dam from Hard Target and then you'd be fecked!
re: Why is it
I don't think it's quite the same as the Microsoft antitrust case.
and also, i'm not sure how the old method would work with digital formats. The old way, as I understand it, required the likes of amazon to pay half-price for the books it intended to sell. And it could then sell them for whatever price it wanted.
But surely that method is geared for physical books.
For digital books, which applies to Apple more than Amazon, paying half up front doesn't make a lot of sense. Paying just for the exact numbers of books that are sold to customers is a lot easier and makes much more sense. And that is how the agency model works, isn't it?
costs the Exchequer
that's like saying that online piracy costs the music and movie industry.
if they close this loophole, people aren't suddenly going to start buying the dvds at +VAT prices in the same volume that they do today. the Exchequer will get some extra income, sure, but it'll be a fraction of what they estimate. More people will just pirate or stream their movies instead.
"multitasker," "power user," or "content creator"
so, that would be anyone who uses a computer at work then. with the possible exception of management and their PA's, who probably quite like the idea of one window on their screen at a time. and because management are the ones that appropriate the budget, it's means the rest of us plebs in the workforce, the ones who actually use our PCs for more than just Outlook, are going to get Metro shoved down our throats whether we like it or not, and then get reprimanded and demoted when our productivity deteriorates.
there's two ways of looking at this
one - this is barely a step above something like Bum Fights, which reduced these unfortunate individuals to little more than entertainment. this instead just reduces them to a utility.
two - surely can't be very hard to mug a homeless person for their 4G kit and thereby net yourself a free, personal hotspot of your very own, ensuring you always have high speed data access, for free, until the operators work out which unit you stole and switch it off. And then you just beat up another homeless type and steal their kit again.
neither of these are particularly good for the homeless person
it could be skullduggery...
...or it could just be that Apple under estimated how many people would want a 3rd gen iPad.
afterall, if you read the comments on El Reg, you'd believe that no one in their right mind would be buying one...
Re: No acknowledgement of Bold Lego?
There was only one quote this week worth mentioning, and it was TRT's Bold Lego comment. All else just pales into insignificance:
kodak's hope is to sell it's patent and use the 2.6bn (although after a bidding war, i guess Apple will pay them 5bn for them) to restart the business? But what hope have they got, really? If their business was workable, they wouldn't have had to file for bankrupcy.
They should just flog the patents, pay off their debts, then take the rest to the beach. Where, presumably, they can take lots of photographs in an ironic way.
Re: ..and ebay
you mean, what's annoying is that Google are now doing exactly what all the fandroids have been happily berating Apple for.
Re: "Crushed by reality"??
I don't think _anyone_ is buying an iPad to replace their work PC.
they might be buying it to replace their pad of paper that they take notes on in meetings, or to replace their filofax or contacts/calendar, etc. Possibly their email too, because Outlook is a horrific pain in the neck. That's what i intend to do with my iPad.
If people were buying iPads to replace their work PCs, then i think we'd be seeing vast numbers of them being returned, because you are correct, you cannot do all the functions that a work computer is generally used for. But if you're buying a tablet in the hope of replacing your work computer, then you're an idiot.
People are buy iPads and tablets in general for use at home. For casual web surfing from the sofa, instead of using a heavy hot laptop. For playing light-weight games. For reading books on the way to and from work. Y'know, for fun and entertainment, the exact opposite of what you use a work PC for.
i wish out company would replace my desktop pc with an ultra book. my pc is slow and constantly throwing memory errors when i reboot it. and it ties me to the desk. if we had ultra books instead, we could easily hot desk, and it'd break our tendency to keep files and applications on the pc rather than storing them on the network servers
Re: "Crushed by reality"??
really? how many analyst predictions have been accurate? all the ones i can remember reading on here over the years have always turned out to be way off the mark. Analysts don't get paid for being correct, then merely get paid for making these predictions.
What Kristian said.
I've just ordered a 3D telly, but not for the 3D. Just that, there isn't a non-3D version of the model I wanted.
I doubt i'll even use the 3D much - my girlfriend gets motion sickness watching 3D movies, and one of my eye's doesn't focus properly, so I only ever get a blurry sense of 3D, rather than the full effect that I assume everyone else gets.
Perhaps the dog will appreciate it, if I can find a way of strapping the glasses to his head.
Re: "abandon its policy"
The article i read this morning on this subject suggested Apple could be looking for a 2.5% license (similar to what Motorolla offered them i think?)
and estimated that would be equal to between $5 and $15 per device. Which is considerably more than just 50 bucks. And the more units the competition sell, the more money Apple makes. This way they target the expensive high-margin part of the market with their own devices, and still have a revenue stream from the much larger, but lower-profits end, without having to bother with making a cheap iPhone or iPad, and so continue to build that mountain of cash they have stashed in a big room in Cupertino.
what happens when more than 4 pairs of eye in the room?
does the fifth person in the room end up having an epileptic fit on the floor with their brain leaking through their eyeballs as they try to focus on multiple sweet spots?
how does it work out who are the viewers? my girlfriend watches tv while simultaneously reading from her kindle. how it only active for her when she looks up at the screen?
does the family dog get targetted by a 3D sweet spot when it walks past the telly in the middle of a film, stealing one from one of us?
Re: "We encourage IT professionals to begin using it...."
is anyone still on that path? surely they all switched after the Vista debacle...
a quicker and simpler alternative might be to insist that there's a minimum IQ required in order to pass the driving test and hold a license.
In fact, that would probably solve a lot of motoring problems, traffic incidents, reduce congestion and generally make the world a nicer place.
Plus, there'd be less idiots on the road in front of me so I can enjoy driving around instead of fearing for my life the whole time.
the first of many perhaps?
How many other thing that were supposed to be completed and in place before the Olympics are going to end up being completed at a later date, I wonder?
It's bloody typical of this country.
should be more of this sort of thing
the guy is a like a knife-wielding goddamn Batman! without the cowl and cape....