1953 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Fanboys ignoring the inconvenient.
> Remote controls are not a good example of usability
Sure they are.
They are great examples of how a company approaches design and how that approach impacts usability and usefulness. Apple remotes are the perfect example of real world practical usability and usefulness taking a back seat to dubious design goals.
A conventional remote may have "too many buttons" but it does include enough such that basic features one usually associates with modern video appliances. Admittedly, the OSD interfaces that Apple employs could take up the slack here, but they don't.
Apple remotes are also a great example of Apple ignoring established UI elements that are already well understood by the users. Apple's TV interfaces are a great example of Apple ignoring HID guidelines that fanboys like to crow about so much.
Problem already solved, by someone other than Apple.
> The problem is not the hardware it's the content,
> or rather access to content. The problem with
> Telly is that, you can't watch what you want to
> watch, when you want to watch it.
Tivo already solved that problem.
Kaledescape also solved that problem but they are the only vendor that has survived the ensuing inevitable legal challenges from Hollywood. So any other similar products have to be DIY.
> you can watch the last 5 seasons of Doctor Who one after the other
Got a lot of storage on the PVR. Can do that already. Could have done that in the 90s too.
At $2 or $3 or $5 a pop, stuff ads up fast. A lot of the stuff on iTunes that isn't new releases can be bought on spinny disk for what Apple wants to charge you to rent it.
Apple products have always been anemic...
Apple products have always been anemic when it comes to storage and plenty of fanboys will come out of the woodwork to make all sorts of excuses for this. This is precisely the sort of nonsense that demonstrates why Apple should not be able to keep anyone else out of the market regardless of what their excuse is.
Someone needs to be able to accomodate the rest of us.
I was never much into the whole "walkman" thing. I was always more interested in "home audio" and "car audio" and the occasional bit of bulk storage. I started out with data CDs and moved onto data DVDs and things like MythTV.
These days, I would just use a thumb drive and a car stereo that can use it.
For video, I use Archos devices because they are unmatched in terms of capacity.
Yeah. Ripping is a bother.
On the one hand you've got an encrypted media format and a certain contingent that will gleefully declare that it is only legal to play that encrypted format on blessed players. On the other hand, you have an inferior encryption format that locks you into a single hardware vendor. Plus the legal landscape makes the tools for liberating either one more bothersome to deal with.
The annoyances and pitfalls of DRM still make physical media relevant. It may be for nothing more than as a token of ownership or it may be as a primary playback medium because you just want portability and aren't terribly geeky.
DRM and anti-cracking laws continue to make physical media more relevant than it should be.
...it probably takes a good amount of extra energy to keep a spinning disk spinning.
Extracting that element out of the situation probably significantly improves the life of the laptop.
Although any clamshell device is ultimately going to be less convenient than a "tablet" in a lot of situations.
Big versus small
Either way, you can still cram 4 or more laptop sized hard drives into a single full size drive bay on a desktop computer. That dramatically shrinks the footprint of a storage array that has some hope of meeting modern multimedia storage needs.
Posers droning on about stuff they pirate
> why should you spend nearly as much again in learning a product that does the same job?
I can think of about 600 good reasons.
Photoshop is not cheap. Unless you are a real graphics pro (and not just some lame wannabe), then it's probably an absurd waste of money. A photographer that toys with PS doesn't really count.
> Android is still a buggy, laggy mess
No it isn't. That's just fanboy nonsense. Perhaps telling yourself that gives you some perverse comfort.
First and foremost a phone should be good at being a phone. "Just go get a feature phone" is hardly a proper retort to criticisms of Apple. All it does is just confirm my claim that the emperor really has no clothes.
Apple products are fine only so long as you don't really use them and/or you're not terribly creative. Then you being to see that the shiny is only skin deep.
The turnip truck...
Your view on Microsoft's contribution to serious computing would charitably be described as "creative".
Linux was created to fill the void left in technology left by Microsoft the monopoly vendor.
That's hardly anything to brag about.
> Android is clearly designed for tech junkies,
As a basic phone doing phone things, Android is actually much better than iPhone. It actually appears that the thing was designed with being a phone in mind. The basic features are somewhat thought out and the basic boundary use cases are dealt with.
Apple simply ignores these.
Apple may have a better "pocket computer". However, that is a SECONDARY concern.
So in truth it is really Apple that is targeting the "mindless geek" market segment despite the typical tendency of certain types to denigrate geeks in general and try to marginalize them and their significance in the market place.
I dumped my iPhone because as a phone it's functionally inferior to a Nokia from 1999.
If you want to "geek out" with a pocket computer, that's another matter...
Seeing is believing (Goat Jam)
People don't just hate on Microsoft for no reason. This hate is usually borne out of frustration and being forced to deal with their crap. It is usually borne out of ACTUAL EXPERIENCE. Now after 15 or 20 years later, things might have settled down a bit. Someone that "just fell off the turnip truck" is bound to have a far different opinion of Microsoft than those of us that actually used it in the days when all of these "positive influences" have been alleged.
The industry succeeds in spite of Microsoft, not because of it.
That is apparent by their current floundering. They have lost their leverage and they suddenly seem old and toothless.
6 Macs in the front room...
I had 3 Macs before one of them prematurely died.
They were bought as low profile HTPCs.
The ones that aren't dead now are obsolete though. (Weak GPU)
> MS became dominant after Wordperfect,
> Borland, Lotus/IBM and a few others fired
> in their feet with crappy products that couldn't
> match Word/Excel/Access/Outlook in Offfice.
No. It was just fashionable at that time to put all of your eggs in one basket. It was a diseased meme of the management classes that they should buy everything from a single vendor.
Trashing non-Microsoft products is just the usual mindless screech of the Lemming.
It was annoying back in the day and it's annoying now. It pretty much destroys the main advantage of using the monopoly vendor. There is no point in using the platform that "has everything" if you can't actually "use anything".
You might as well be putting up with Apple users.
I happily used alternatives in those days. They worked quite well. They certainly worked well enough for your average Lemming or office worker.
Samsung is in no great danger from Apple.
Unlike Apple, they are not some one trick pony.
Samsung also has their own home market that they are very strong in.
Sales versus usage...
You know how the saying from Disraeli goes.
You can twist the numbers to suit any bias you want to present. Linux is big in server rooms but it isn't necessarily the most expensive option. Commercial Unix oddly enough might not seem to be the most expensive option. Either will tend to require fewer machines for a given task or be able to support more tasks with a single machine.
The fact that you need to multiply your NT boxes is not necessarily something to brag about.
Serious operating systems still dominate "real work".
Linux is just the tip of the iceberg there.
More nonsense from this guy...
I find the notion that Windows has had some sort of positive impact on the industry highly laughable. It sounds like the rantings of some Lemming that was always blindly followed the rest of the MS-DOS using pack and largely ignored every other vendor that was using GUIs in the 80s.
When it come to GUIs and Microsoft, I think of them as last to the party. They are sandbaggers. Windows represents the monopoly power of Microsoft and their unwillingess to adopt new technologies and their apparent immunity from market pressures.
For a long time it was effectively MacOS vs MS-DOS.
Then once Windows came in force it was a mis-begotten DOS shell.
If anything, I would call NeXT a better example of what happens when you allow inventors to copy from each other and build off of each other's work. So are various attempts to clone all or parts of OpenStep.
So was GEM even. Ironically that was mired in litigation from Apple (things really don't change do they).
The "horrible" Legacy problem.
Well, it's sad to see a company like Archos manage a better design than Apple. They have essentially the same problem except not really since they're somewhat of a market failure and don't have to worry about 10 million 3rd party products.
So how did they solve this horrible problem of "legacy support"?
They put the usb port on another edge of the device. The "legacy" connector is still there unmolested. You can use it if you really insist. Not necessary though.
This also has the nice side effect of being able to charge the device should you ever decide to use the proprietary connector. You can use something like a proprietary Archos->TV dongle and not worry about draining the battery while your one and only expansion port is in use.
What do do with Chargers?
Got a problem dealing with your old chargers? What kind of idiot buys something that is more nonstandard than it needs to be. Any "micro usb chargers" I might have are the same standard connection on the other end. It's cheaper that way and there's no need for a proprietary connection.
Even my "Apple" chargers have been that way for years.
The only thing we have left that aren't bog standard USB chargers at the wall are the DS chargers.
...third party hardware
Most 3rd party hardware is just using the iDevice as a glorified hard drive.
Quite a few actual USB devices do the same thing.
There are also much more interesting standard device classes as well.
There's probably nothing that the iThing cable does that can't be achieved with USB and some standard type of device (HID/Storage/Camera).
Yet another adaptor...
This is kind of funny considering that a cheap iPhone cable can already be had for less than what Apple wants for their dongle.
Everyone is "testing betas".
You drone on like somehow Linux GUI developers are the only ones that can't leave well enough alone when infact every platform seems to be infected with the same insanity. EVERYONE wants to trash well developed and thoroughly debugged interfaces for a lot of tablet hype nonsense. It's not just Linux. Apple is doing it and so is Microsoft.
How many times has Microsoft pulled the rug out from everyone since NT?
Been there. Did that. Don't try to BS an old veteran.
> and Rolls Royces are more expensive than hyundais.
It's an Apple product. IT IS NOT a Rolls Royce.
Get over yourself. You are just a poor prole.
If you walked in the door of a real luxury merchant you would be quickly walked back out again.
Apple sells the same crap as everyone else. Your upmarket babblings are pure fantasy.
Coke vs Pepsi
Screw that false dichotomy.
Give me Grape Nehi, Root Beer, and Jamaican Ginger Beer.
Time to take the blinders off.
This is just about iHype
This is just about iHype.
The fact that a new iDevice has come out does not make your old iDevice suddenly worthless. You simply don't have to throw out the old one in a fit of conspicuous consumption. There is no need to help add to the local landfill and to the destruction of the planet.
A number of El Reg contributors seem to be professional trolls.
It you don't think that everyone and the barber's cat haven't taken every opportunity to mention how much of a jerk Ellison is, you simply haven't been paying attention. Even longtime Oracle users will happily jump on the pile.
No. Ellison has always been an asshole.
Recognizing this is by no means new or "trendy".
No one left to fix things...
Perhaps they just fired, laid off, or out sourced too many people in their IT department.
It is poison you know...
> Has there ever been one? I often enjoy a drink, but I've never enjoyed being drunk.
Yes, there is a very important reason to "be drunk".
It lets you know that if you don't let up then you will get alchohol poisoning and DIE.
Having some sort of adverse reaction ingesting a poison is not a bad thing really.
Don't worry so much. On this side of the pond, a ship that can only launch harriers and helicopters would not be considered an aircraft carrier either. We tend to call something like that an "amphibious assault ship".
If you don't have a little give there then you would end up banning stuff like (real) cruisers and frigates.
You forgot the rainy season.
Some of us in the flyover states have actually been to California or lived there for awhile.
It's a real hoot seeing Angelinos panic over not-quite-freezing temperatures.
Android eating Apple's Lunch
You can start counting with me. I dumped my iPhone for Android over basic phone features. The improved storage and media handling features were merely a nice bonus.
After seeing my Android the wife became interested in dumping her iPhone. After seeing auntie's Thrive, she's interested in dumping her iPad. For now, sunk costs will allow the inertia of the situation to keep the status quo going. Although anything's possible now when it's time to upgrade those devices.
Plenty of people could probably "take or leave" either "big brand". I suspect most people are like that in fact.
This is EXACTLY what the "haters" said would happen. Android on smart phones would be just like MS-DOS on PCs. An open platform with multiple vendors and diverse price points sold on the carrier of your choice would blunt the iJuggernaut.
Now that this has come to pass, the fanboys want to make weasely excuses to distract from the fact that the "haters" were right.
I don't care about "the hardware". I care about what it does. I have no more loyalty to Samsung than I do to Zotac. That's the nice thing about open platforms. I can dump my current hardware in a heartbeat should I have reason to do so. I can do so without hesitation or remorse.
The entire platform is what matters.
How are they going to know
> how are they going to know
I dunno. Mebbe they use that mouse pointer thing to poke around the system and try to see if there's anything useful they can find.
If you aren't going to expect the users to discover and learn things on their really isn't any point to shiny happy user interfaces at all.
> So, a little while later, the wife calls
> me downstairs, all flustered, asking
> me "What's this 'X10' thing that starts
> up every time I go to use Gimp?" After
> a moment's pondering,
...you say something kind of stupid.
Some suggested alternatives:
1) Don't worry about it dear.
2) Gimp needs it to run
3) This is one of those "Unix" things. MacOS is a Unix remember?
Oh the humanity.
The idea that clicking on a checkbox is such a horrible burden for the poor user is why Windows became such a mess.
Hopefully MacOS is less stupid about this sort of thing.
Frothing and whatnot
Your OEM is Microsoft's house boy and has been for decades.
They will do whatever Microsoft tells them to do and say please and thank you during.
They simply cannot afford to get on Microsoft's bad side. Their Windows discounts might get revoked. So they will go along with whatever Microsoft wants.
Perhaps you missed the big trial where this all came to light?
A bad argument is a bad argument regardless of whether or not you agree with it or not.
I have stated better arguments for running Windows myself.
Plus the criticism wasn't even accurate.
On the one hand, the other guys remarks were a genuine troll. They were genuine nonsense. Outdated perhaps but that's how real trolls operate. They argue against an outdated vision of the opponent. In the end it was useful because it was educational. You see, because of the nature of Free Software anyone can test out claims if they like.
That's exactly what I did. I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu and set it up with a RAID boot disk.
The process was not a thing like what that other guy was blithering about.
There is nothing "grown up" about accepting falsehoods and bad reasoning.
If you are going to shill for Microsoft you might want to get beyond fairly trivial things like RAID setup. There's usually a bit more to deciding what operating system you are going to use for any task than just the initial setup bits. Also, while those bits might be better or worse, they are a one time cost rather than an ongoing one.
Although I suspect that either RHEL or SLES or either of their gratisware versions would completely render your rant moot anyways.
Follow your own advice
You really jumped the shark when you tried to elevate Bill gates above Mother Theresa.
RMS may be annoying at times but he's ultimately why there's any Android to begin with.
> Wireless and satelite #
> are options. You're just not willing to pay for them.
Who cares about "cost"? Neither of those work nearly well enough.
They simply can't compete against a good wired Internet service.
Doesn't matter what the price is when the product is total crap.
The local rental store was never good for esoterica. That was one of the early strengths of Netflix. Since it serviced a wider audience, it was able to provide all of those old and oddball things that you would never find in your local Blockbuster.
Most of that esoterica is still not available for streaming.
> They should offer Stream to Watch + buy DVD/BD physical Disk.
THIS is precisely the option that Amazon should offer. They should offer a stream + disk option where you get to watch stuff as it airs and then you get sent the disks when they come out.
They already do a sort of inverse of this where they give you streaming access to a show on disk while you are waiting for it to arrive by courier.
The store was replaced
The store was replaced by a vending machine. The things are all over the place. I think I have 10 of them within easy walking distance of the house and I live in the outer suburbs.
Netflix may have killed off Blockbuster & Hollywood but RedBox rose in it's place.
That's the nice thing about capitalism. Cockroaches and vultures rise out of the ashes and decaying corpses of other companies. Someone else always wants to make a buck.
All of these shenangians have made me take a closer look at Redbox.
Awakening the sleeper is always a dangerous proposition. Usually doesn't go the way you think it will.
Reality tells a different tale
> Netflix want to dump dvd rentals and
> go streaming only it's so obvious. It
> costs them far less to stream than mail
> a dvd out.
If that is really the case then why did they just part company with Starz over price?
It may cost more to push shiny disks around but at least I can buy them at the local Tesco. I can buy exactly the amount I need and I don't have to worry about Big Content suddenly deciding to jack the price back up to $90 per movie
If you have an enterprise license for something like Oracle then you aren't the target for a "SMB appliance".
Your own IT staff will rip this thing apart, declare where things can be done better, or start turf wars over the underlying components.
The definition of SMB
I don't think Oracle belongs anywhere near the definition of SMB. This goes triple for Oracle's clustered products.
I also find it amusing that this thing isn't even an appliance as such. It's not a complete solution and you still have to sort out RDBMS licensing despite the fact you are buying the hardware from Oracle already.
Perhaps they are trying to avoid the inevitable sticker shock.
Too much Doctor Who
Someone has been watching just a little too much Doctor Who and has themselves confused with a Silurian.
Some people fixate on Marilyn Monroe. I guess someone was bound to think that they are a Silurian sooner or later...
Even with the similar payware equivalents, a great deal of the software is still freeware.
It doesn't matter if the platform is PhoneOS, Android, or Ubuntu you still have to stick out well enough that someone pays for your stuff rather than just downloading something else for free.
It's not the salesfront that's important. If Canonical wants to put a dent in things then they need to offer developer support, pay attention any complaints, and work at solving any of those issues or providing guidance where appropriate.
Focusing only on the most visible aspect of the whole enterprise probably won't help so much.
Lucas is badly out of touch.
There is nothing inherently bad or evil about "firing first" when someone is pointing a gun at you.
Let me repeat that:
Someone is pointing a gun at you.
You know what that is in real life? That's assult with a deadly weapon. You're well justified in firing first if you can in most jurisdictions. It's just nothing to get excited about. The change comes off like a senile liberal not fully understanding the context of the scene (his own scene).
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