2142 posts • joined 8 May 2007
stock price being down is not interesting - it's ALWAYS down after an Apple event. either because everyone is cashing in on the recent spike leading up to the event or because all the websites and media had been speculating so wildly about the new product that the real thing could never hope to live up to
funny, but in my dictionary, "a little above breaking even" isn't in the definition of "loss leader"
perhaps you should do some research and read El Reg's article on the Q42008/Q12009 report before you are so quick to 'meh'.
For a time when the economic fit hit the shan, as you say, it's hard to tell that they were even impacted by the downturn that everyone else experienced:
i think you underestimate the consumers
granted, you're old and these new-fangled gizmos are confusing to you and if you can't find the keyboard straight away you get worried and confused and have to get a cup of Horlicks and a bit of a lie down
but your demographic doesn't count for toffee any more
the real consumers are the kids and the teens and those fresh out of college/uni earning their first wages and wanting to spend it on bright shiny things to watch bright shiny bites of entertainment that won't tax their short attention spans
and they're smart enough to work out how to input on a soft keyboard and won't complain that the lack of tactile feed back is disturbing because they have no nostalgia for the rubbery zx spectrum keyboard to sound of a reed switch clicking
they are ones who's opinion counts in the new age of computer use, not dinosaurs like yourself
i suspect you've hit the nail on the head right there
added to which, games and media apps are going to be the most graphically intensive and challenging apps - and also the ones that are mostly to be written using the developers custom classes instead of those provided by the SDK. and so are most likely to break on a higher resolution, and also best placed to stress test the new hardware
all the evidence currently points towards the name being iPad - which makes sense, keeps it inline with the 'Pod and the 'Phone
are you sure it's problem related and not high demand?
i have a 27" iMac currently on order, and it's not due to ship until next week.
i've just checked, and there's no change to the estimated shipping date
are you sure the move from 2weeks to 3weeks is not just due to high demand as everyone has a fresh wave of hope that they've fixed the screen issues and that it's worth placing an order now?
balloning forum threads?
of course, you fail to mention that the majority of the content in those threads is just 4 or 5 posters arguing with each other. the signal to noise ratio is at least 1:2 if not greater
a colleague here at work keeps on saying about how great it'll be when all tv is 3D
but i really doubt the average consumer is going to want to have to wear stupid cheap 3D glasses just to watch the news or Eastenders.
at least, not until the likes of Oakley start making 3D specs :)
why did they stop charging in 2007?
is it because no one was bothering to pay to read their articles?
do they really think that we're all so desperate to read the news that we'll suddenly start putting our hands in our pockets to get to it? when, instead, we can just watch one of the 24-hour news channels, or read a site like El Reg that will collate and comment on all of the news from everywhere instead and save us the time
or even, shock horror, pick up a hardcopy version at the newsagents
have a break....
so if i spend 5 minutes every hour having a KitKat then i'll avoid being obese? awesome!!
if they renamed it the Sony Ericsson Yuri gaming phone i bet they'd sell a lot more
yes, i wouldn't be surprised in the small text at the bottom of the invite says "Regtards not welcome"
re: dancing with the stars...
"He's enjoying himself. He's the little kid performing in the grade-school talent show."
dude, if i was dancing opposite a pair of legs like that, i'd damn well be enjoying myself and grinning for all i'm worth as well
i know our comments get moderated, but sometimes i think that the El Reg articles ought to get moderated before they get published too. this one is clearly due to Rik Myslewski being too lazy to do any real journalism and instead decided like to laugh at the fat geek - thereby probably alienating 90% of El Reg's readership
and very easily and interestingly explains the science bit so those of us without brains the size of small moons can understand.
"I strongly advise real estate developers and urban administrative inspectors see the movie and learn from it."
that seems like such a bad idea
they'll watch the film and think "hmmm, burning down the housing and carpet bombing to clear out the resistant tennants - what a good idea!" and after all, it's not like the resident of a 'nail house' is likely to have access to weird and wonderful alien creatures to use to fight off the invading bulldozers
offer the new phone to large corporate clients as a "litmus test"
this doesn't make much sense, because they already know they'll sell the things faster than they can get them to the shops
that said - didn't they only release the original SDK to corporations, and then to a limited number of individuals, and then finally to everyone?
expected to burn up in our atmosphere
of course, they _would_ tell us that, wouldn't they, regardless of if it's actually true
i would run for the hills, but that didn't save the dinosaurs did it?
to really kill the franchise...
they should get Joel Schumacher to direct it !
the google-hate is only because google are so dishonest about being a company that exists to make money
they insist they exist to make the world a better place for us all. but they won't acknowledge that
if they came clean and said "we're making gob-loads of money from this, and as a side-effect, here's some cool things for you, the hoi poloi, to play with" then we'd like them more
why not replace the real ads
when i read the article, i thought you meant that Google were going to be overlaying ads on top of the billboards and posters shown in the streetview images
that would be cool
an new challenger has entered the game
suddenly a new bread of El Reg reader has come out of the electronic woodwork in force
we've long had the war between wintards and Jobs-zealots (with the occasional smug volley from a freetard linux user)
but now it seems there's a new catelgory of googletards/oompaloompafidlers that the Nexus One seems to have brought into the limelight
one of these days El Reg is going to have to arrange a flashmob fight in a park somewhere where we can finally put the argument to rest
wii = global warming?
so Nintendo are the lowest ranked company - yet the Wii is the biggest selling console and arguably most likely to be found in any home. given the current weather conditions in the uk, it seems likely that we're all going to die in Day After Tomorrow style cataclysm and it's all Nintendo's fault!
yes because everyone's noticed how fingerprints are SUCH a problem for iPhone screens and it's crippled sales of the device hasn't it??
presumably you've never used any device with a shiny black screen even though you feel the need to disparage them, but when there's a bright light behind the screen, you won't see the fingerprints on the front. and when it's powered off, you're not looking at the thing anyway so who cares
if you're THAT vain that you have to check your reflection in the screen every 10 seconds then buy a small mirror you freak!
only if that is a microphone in the bottom right corner of the screen
surely the whole point of wanting an external keyboard is to enable text entry without the virtual keyboard taking up so much screen space. but without being able to override the iPhone's keyboard popping up, all this does is remove the portability of the iPhone - if you need a fullsize keyboard that much, get a laptop!!
kinda missed their goal?
it'd be easy to assume that the reason for the announcement was to try and steal some of the media frenzy that is building ahead of Apple's announcement later in the month. showing three devices, referring to tablets as slates, etc.
but if that's the case, they seem to have gotten it wrong. by such a lacklustre announcement surely they've just made Jobs task all the more easy. No need to turn the RDF up to 11 when all you've got to do is do better than Ballmer's effort
i do not beleive this
how can you have a movie based on battleships? it's the stupidiest idea ever
perhaps it will have an M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end where, you think he'd finally found the 5 squares of the last enemy battleship, but it turns out to just be a submarine and a cruiser together in a line
"can choose to avoid"
the trouble is, but taking ourselves out of the loop and keeping control of our "digital dots", the few times we do show up on the radar screen is going to loop suspicious and we'll end up being the first against the wall
Mac - not Dell or HP or Sony or any other
You don't know very far then.
Mac is a brand name. If it says you can only run it on a Mac computer with an Intel processor then you can only run it on a computer with the Mac brand on it (and Intel chips inside). and currently, those are only available from Apply.
Nike trainers are not any old trainers that you can put your feet into. In the same way, a Mac computer is not any old computer that you can load OS X on to.
what about an ebook
when you buy an ebook, you purchase a license there, don't you?
and if amazon had their way, you won't only be able to read it on their proprietry hardware
re: Microsoft caught in temporal shift
there's nothing new about this - i have a bumper sticker at home somewhere that says "Windows 95 = Mac OS 89" - all that's happened is the magnitude of the temporal distortion has decreased. Conversely, in the past, when Microsoft copied Apple, they made lots of money from it, these days, they're not *cough*Zune*cough*Vista*cough*...
god i miss my psion mx5
that was such an awesome machine at the time
and understand how the real world works
EVERYONE in the whole world wants to do business in china because it's the only economy that's currently working at the moment
even freetards want to capture some of the chinese market
Ferrari for the price of a Cooper?
somehow, giving the pricing of the googlephone, i doubt that will be the case
isn't Microsoft's idea for realistic avatars is just going to open up a new avenue of income for those gold-farming spam emails that now, instead of just grinding the money-making parts of the games in their sweatshops, will now all take your avatar account and train it up to full fitness in an intensive 3 day, 24 hours-a-day regime, all for just $60
yes, that's because we have a sense of humour and enough intelligence to understand a joke. whereas by contrast, you see a joke and use it as your OS
you missed the most interesting part of the latest rumours.
on this NYT blog http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/2010-the-year-of-the-tablet/
a "source" has told them "you'll be surprised by how you interact with the tablet"
does this mean you finger? (not so surprising considering the iPhone)
a stylus? (shocker - considering Jobs' view of phone stylii)
or something althogether more rude??
technically, the ones being rickrolled aren't proper apple fanbois - the True Believers of course haven't jailbroken their iphones
it's just the freetards who jailbroke their phones - and most of those are probably penguin-fiddlers
re: It's ironic.
but the thing is, they tried all those things you suggest in the 90s when they got rid of Jobs and very nearly killed the company until Jobs came back, and put his vision and his controls back in place
what's changed in the last 15 years that means it'd be any different if it happened again now?
this could be great.... but i fear it won't be
the old films look so very dated
it'd be cool to see one with modern special fx
but it has to be all about the battles on the Road.
the first one's a brilliant classic
the 2nd is great, the finale battle with the tanker is ace, but it's criminal that his Interceptor gets toasted before that
and the 3rd, if he's not chugging along in a train he's trekking through the desert finding quicksand or upto his pelvis in pigsh!t
what we want to see is a heavily modified 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop burning along endless barren roadways, with either Max or his protege at the wheel dispensing much needed justice in a world gone to hell
i fear what we'll get is something heavily sponsored by Honda where all the scum of the post-apocalyptic wasteland are seen to be car-pooling in their environmentally freindly hydrogen powered vehicles
yes, and what's the down side?
i'm already orgasmically excited by the thought of an iSlate - when it finally comes out my mind's gonna just explode in joy
the worst one is the one in January when you get an hour's less sleep
today's been a great day so far
normally, if i fall asleep for an extra hour in the morning it's followed by 20 minutes of sheer panic and terror as i rush around trying to get to the train station so that i'm only late for work instead of unemployment-inducingly late
but today, the alarms went off, i hit the snooze 60 mins button, woke up when they went off the 2nd time and still got up, felt refreshed, and was even in the office early!
they ought to put the clocks back every weekend!!
i'd vote for any party called "Badgers, Not Potatoes" regardless of their political views.
nuke from orbit, it's the only way to be sure
if there are exoplanets in a habitable zone, is that a good or a bad thing?
in theory, any life to have thrived on the planet would be spead out much more disparetely across the surface, so possibly less likely for the secific conditions to generate intelligence to occur
but then again, on a planet that size, natural resources will be bountiful. no need for natural alternative energy sources, they're probably heading towards us in their steam powered spaceships as we speak
we ought to strike first, just to be on the safe side
where's the control group?
this experiment only compares two types of gamers - there's no correlation to other activities
what about people who are down the gym training for more than 4 hours a day? compared wiht those who don't work out that much?
people who's work requires them to drive a car for more than 4 hours a day? compared to those who's daily commute is 30 minutes?
people who sit in research labs doing stupid experiments for more than 4-hours a day compared to those of us who use our time for worthwhile projects?
i suspect, if there is indeed a link, it's more likely that anyone who does a similar task for 4 hours each day will get into the habbit of reactionary thinking because of the repetative nature of their daily tasks. those of us with more varied daily activities (regardles off what that activity is) have to think more proactively because we're likely to be faced with different situations.
I don't see the link to ADD there, it's just the human brain adapting to the environment it is in
the images are too terrifying
oh the huma.... i mean the playmobilanity!!
i fear the worst for the baker and his wench :(
stating the bleeding obvious
this isn't a market analysis, it's just stating the obvious
Android is a platform that's available to any hardware manufacturer that wants to use it. iPhone is only available to one. it's not economics that tell you that Android has the potential to be in more people's phones, it's basic, junior school mathematics
doesn't rhyme or fit the song
Buying bread from a man in brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, do you speak-a my language?
He just smiled and gave me a iSnack2.0 sandwich
And he said.....
[all together now, sing along!!]
"force Apple to standardise the library format and have it made an ISO standard"
please read the rest of the comments on this thread - and every other time this topic has been mentioned on El Reg
last i was aware, XML is a restricted subset of SGML which is ISO standard 8879
iTunes library is accessable via XML
Palm just need to put a couple of hours work in to build an app that'd parse the file. there's tons of 3rd party shareware apps that do this, i don't understand why Palm have so much trouble
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