2145 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Re: January 2012?
I think he meant the "2012" which probably should have been 2013 for the results to have any relevance. I'm assuming it's a typo and not that it's taken them over a year to collate and draw anything useful from the data.
"will need to expand deeper"
I don't understand why Apply "will need to expand deeper" into new markets.
Marketshare doesn't immediately equal success or profitability. It just means the number of people using your product. It's just a statistic.
If the cost of being in those new markets outweighs the profit from each product sold, then having the largest marketshare is going to be detrimental.
But then again, I guess Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston wouldn't be in a job if people realised this.
"It's called capitalism," he stated baldly. "We are proudly capitalistic. I'm not confused about this."
And that's fair enough. Part of capitalism is that there should be competition for the customers to choose from. Which why I switched to Bing months ago and I'm still using it.
Yes, it's not as good, but I'm proudly exercising my capitalistic right to give another firm my business. I hope Schmidt isn't confused about that either.
Re: Why do they even need it 6 months?
i'm guessing they use all the past data to improve the ability of the current system to understand the different words people say to it. the more data they have, the better the output from their heuristic algorithms. the more real world data you have to work with the better for this type of system.
i doubt anyone else offering a similar service will be deleting the audio data immediately either.
i'm tempted, curiosity/cat/homicide and all that. but would it be a mistake to know this stuff?
would i suddenly become paranoid to discover i have an increase chance of heart attack, and then the stress which that knowledge induces could be the cause for my eventual cardiac arrest?
...when someone goes nuts from space-sickness (i believe that's the medical term) and runs around the Mars house with an axe, painting the walls?
obviously, the ratings go through the roof, but presumably there's a delay in transmission, so by the time the editors see the first victim get an axe in the head, the psycho has already killed the rest and is standing in front of a camera, with his own eyes in the palms of his hands saying "liberate tutemae ex infernis" over and over....
shame there aren't any of those old games that i'd really want to play again.
yes, nostalgia and all that, how great it was to play WonderBoy when i was 8, of the pixelated joys of the first Mortal Kombat, etc etc
but really? these days? i'd rather play something with a new story that i haven't heard before. i don't have the time to revisit the old games and likely discover that they're not half as good as i remember them
cosy in my walled garden
but i do think that the smartphone market is reaching a plateau. there's not really much else that can be added to a phone and still be useful. even the latest 'features' are little more than gimmicks.
This what I want one for - as a display and control for my phone so i don't need to take it out of my pocket.
I currently have the phone in my pocket, and then an iPod nano on a wrist strap as if it's a watch. But i'm limited by the content on the iPod and i can't just download a new podcast or a music track or similar until i get home.
Also, bluetooth plug-in adapter for the iPod drains the battery too quickly, so i have to use wired earphones.
with an iWatch type remote interface to the phone, i can have bluetooth earphones connected to the phone in my pocket (and any pocket, not just one where the earphone cord will reach). and i can control the tracks i'm listening to via the watch. happy days.
how did people ever manage in the 80s with Walkmans hanging off their belts? good grief!!! :)
But, this water detector wasn't unique to iPhone's, was it? I thought at least some Android mobes had it as well?
i wonder where his insurance claim stands here.
if he's already received cash/replacement, then would it be fraud to have taken back the laptop when it was offered?
Or, as he has refused the laptop when it was offered to him, does that invalidate any possible insurance claim for the theft?
Re: no windows
No Windows - that's why they got a mac.
ha ha ha, thankyou thankyou, be sure to tip your waitress, i'll be here all week.
Re: They Bought A Stolen Laptop
yep, you can remote wipe a Mac just like you can remote wipe an iPhone with the Find My Mac/iPhone app as applicable.
Then again, if the hidden cam app is working, presumably he's already been able to remote connect / ssh into the machine and retrieve / delete whatever data he deems sensitive
Sounds like he did a Ben Affleck - built a time machine, then looked into the future, found that the future is a disaster as a result of the time machine itself, so then gave himself the tools to destroy the time machine, thereby saving humanity, but also giving himself a winning lottery ticket in the process.
that's the only logical explaination for why the news of the discovery so suddenly vanished, isn't it?
Re: Damn - beat me to it
Oh? I must confess, I meant the Animaniacs characters :)
+1 for Pinky & The Brain reference! \o/ :)
"resurrecting a dinosaur is out of the question"
Of course, that's exactly what they would say, while they're quietly buying up an island in the pacific and installing their top secret "research facility / safari park" before anyone notices...
"Everything faster than everything"
Wasn't that a song by MeatLoaf?
Re: Why no whitelist firewall
do you mean, interrogate the people who have physical and electronic access to the infrastructure? or to physically and electronically "interrogate" them :)
eitherway, I'm sure Dr Cal Lightman will be happy to assist
Re: One month later...
+1 for "Ulla suckers!" lol
the obvious reason
it's obvious why they've done this - they want to make their own <blink><marquee>blinking marquee</marquee></blink> element
Re: Opera too
the whole point of forking it is so that they can make changes to speak of. if they didn't need to do it, they wouldn't have a problem with using WebKit, would they.
these are not the games you're looking for
i was really looking forward to 1313 :(
thoroughly depressed by this news. have loved his sci-fi books ever since i first read one as a young teenager. truely one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever in my opinion. and while i find his fiction books a bit hit and miss, they are always worth reading regardless.
very sorry that there will be no more Culture novels. i shall be re-reading them all in tribute to the great man.
Re: Android Heaven
that's a lot of "probably" that you've used there
you probably won't get hit by a car if you run across the motorway, but i'm not entirely happy with the idea of doing it myself
Re: The point of this is?
it's filed under the Business / Media section of the website.
Not under the Computer section. Not under the Tech section. Not under the Software section, nor even under the Hardware section. I'm confused by your confusion that you thought it was part of one or all of those sections of the site.
and as others have said, it's friday ffs, lighten up and get down the pub!
Re: Coming to a wallet near you...
But how would that work? you'd have to get the money from the users somehow, you wouldn't just give them infinite credit.
And if they're going to give the PayPal credit card access to their bank account details, then they can already give PayPal as it is access to their bank account so completely avoid any credit card processing charges anyway.
Also, a company can't just issue credit cards, can it? Aside from American Express, aren't all other credit cards linked to either Visa or to Mastercard in one way or another?
Re: What is this OP's comment supposed to be?
Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.
There, fixed it for you. You didn't really come to El Reg to read in depth technical discussions on the technology world, did you? Is this your first time here?
...no one ever makes these kinds of mistakes the other way round, do they?
You never hear about someone miscalculating and suddenly discovering they've made 21 million more than they thought.
is that just Murphy's Law in action? or skulduggery afoot because the bean counters were hoping the numbers would come right before they had to fess up to their error?
they probably do, but assume it's the bank that's at fault and not themselves
so it's the Syrian's that are to blame for the snow coming down outside the window this morning? damn their eyes!!!
someone's been reading the Cryptonomicon from the sounds of it
Re: Pix or it didn't happen.
here you go:
Re: Ooo matron
welcome to El Reg, you're new here are you?
it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3
it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol
Re: Square Syndrome
an why can't i get her to do the probably-physically-impossible handstand move when pulling herself up a ledge anymore?
Here's another suggestion
Big ideas? Exploring the human condition?
Then may I suggest the original, Carradine, Death Race 2000
If that's not a commentary on the human condition, in a (then) futuristic setting then....
A shame they copped out with the remakes
Re: No love for Dune?
you know it was also a mini-series recently:
Children of Dune (2003):
Re: Blade Runner
I sadly know almost by heart having seen BR more times than my wife cares to remember!
and soon, all those memories, will be gone, like tears
Re: Good choice..
i'm a big sci-fi fan, but not a fan of horror
somehow, i only saw sci-fi in the trailers for Event Horizon and figured any film with Sam Neil has to be good right?
so completely came as a surprise when the horror begins in the movie.
still, damn good film, despite the lack of sleep i endured afterwards. wish i could bring myself to watch it again
Thirteenth Floor is great. like all great sci-fi films, you should get to the end and go "oh? what?"
I liked Chronicles because it didn't try to imitate Pitch Black. They're both very enjoyable in different ways, so neither detracts from the other, in my opinion.
use the ComiXology app
the Marvel app is basically the ComiXology app, but only showing Marvel content. The DC app is the same, but with DC content. Get the original ComiXology app and you get all the content from both, with all the features.
and digital comics in these apps are great to read. switch on the guided view mode, it just shows one panel at once, and moves you from panel to panel when you tap. makes for an almost animated experience when reading, plus avoids accidentally reading ahead when there's a big panel on the right page that grabs your attention.
now, if i could just get the original Death's Head comics on there....
Re: Stob - never one to let facts get in the way of a good rant...
how do you know that isn't the icon that offends her? perhaps she liked the old when she used to use it?
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
i use a text editor as a tool, to make life easier. i could just concat all my code onto the end of a file, i guess, but using a text editor makes it easier to spot mistakes and type in lots of text.
having to type in the commands to control the app as well as type in the text i'm typing doesn't make life easier at all.
the one thing a Monday morning needs...
...to make it bearable:
an article from Stob to get me through to the end of the day.
Re: Why is bacon "processed"?
the report states that even traditional curing methods produced the negative effects and so its included as processed meat. it seems that any effort to prolong the shelf life of meat has a negative effect on your when you eat it.
Re: I doubt it
i was once told an anecdote. the major investment bank they worked for failed in it's overnight payment processing repeatedly, every night. Eventually they determined it was happening at exactly the same time each night. so they upgraded the ram/disks. patched the software. replaced the whole server. nothing helped.
Finally, head of IT decides enough is enough, takes a chair and a book to the data centre, sits in front of the server all night long to see what it's doing.
and at the time when the batch failed every night previously, the door to the server room opens, the janitor comes in with a hoover, looks for a spare power socket, finds none, so unplugs the nearest and plugs in the hoover. yes, you guessed it, plug that was unplugged was the power lead for the server in question.
just because you're a big firm, doesn't mean you don't get taken out by the simplest and stupidest of things
to add some detail, if it's the same one, that would suggest that no one did any due diligence, or lessons learned, or root cause analysis or any of a dozen other service delivery buzzwords that all basically mean, "wtf happened and how do we make sure it doesn't happen again?"
you'll always get new issues that break things. such is the way of IT. no system is 100% perfect. you just have to put in as much monitoring/alerting and backup systems as you can afford to ensure any impact from outage to your business critical systems is as minimal as possible.
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