104 posts • joined 12 Apr 2009
£90 for an En-gerr-land shirt?
Seems a bit steep, they could get a bellend tattooed on their forehead for half that much I'm sure. Wouldn't need upgrading next World Cup either...
No need to imagine.
I bought a 60GB iPod Photo which lasted 7 years on 2 replacement batteries, no screens and no clickwheels needed, PC World replaced it with a 160GB iPod Classic under warranty when the hard drive finally went senile. £2 a month insurance ftw!
Re: class action lawsuit
That legal spat is 10 years old, back then I was replacing iPod batteries myself with a £15 kit from eBay (fresh battery included), far cheaper than fighting a megacorp in court.
Today Apple offer a battery replacement service by giving you a new or refurbished iThing for a modest fee. Apple now control the disposal of your old device this way. How many landfill Android devices have the same service on offer? Not something to be very smug about at all.
Apple want you to buy AppleCare.
I have owned 3 iMacs and 1 Mac Pro, my GF's son has had 2 MacBook Pros and we have had 4 iPods between us. When the iMacs were easy to open and fix myself that is exactly what I did, the Mac Pro was the same, no need for a 3 year warranty. The MacBooks were the opposite in approach. AppleCare for both of them, and well worth the money as it proved. A knackered logic board after 2 and a half years would have been £750 to repair but the warranty meant free. The iPods have died from drops and old age, warranties meant we only paid for the original pod not the replacement.
This is how Apple want it and if that is what you want then buy the iThing. When the desktop range went sealed unit too I built a Hackintosh instead.
If you don't, you know what to do. Samsung and Lenovo will happily take your money too.
Re: Who are you calling a cult?
As a Tech agnostic with a home built Hackintosh I claim neutrality on the subject of Apple's influence on the industry. I like OS X but have no wish to donate excessive funds to the cause. As for iOS my phone is Android and augmented by an iPod touch for media use.
Who are you calling a cult?
When Steve Jobs was directing Apple's future from the brink of financial and market share obscurity Apple could have been considered a cult. Secretive, expensive, rarely seen in public and with a tiny user base outside specific industries (Video and Audio, 3D CAD etc.) Apple was effectively a cult.
Today they are a colossal business with wealth, popularity of product and high profile in a burgeoning tech market. Jobs is gone and Apple will develop along a different line because of this, their market is established and they are raking the benefits, the cult is over, now it is a mainstream religion.
The fact that some pundit can write a name calling rant and publish it with such high visibility just shows how mainstream this market is.
Re: "encourages stealing from others."
The BBs sampled anyone they could reach, the nature of Hip Hop is to canabalise any other music to make a fresh new sound, ripping off another artist's work without permission is very likely to attract legal attention.
Weird Al Yankovic always asks permission before recording and distributing parody versions of other artist's work. He has never released any of his Prince parodies because Prince refused to let him.
If you respect an artist you should act the same way. Lack of respect leads to litigation.
Go ask the Justified Ancients of Mumu who had to burn the entire stock of their first album 1987 just because ABBA took exception to their baby voice synth version of Dancing Queen, used without permission.
I can't stand it, I know ya planned it.
The Beasties will always have a place in my heart for making Rap an acceptable occupation for grumpy old white guys. Any adman messing with their legacy gets what he deserves.
Pay for a telly? Soooo 1990s.
My last 2 TVs have been free cast offs, a 36" CRT the size of a fridge and a 42" Toshiba LCD which was deemed "too small" by its owner and replaced with a 50" plasma. Previous to that a tiny Sony Trinitron lasted 20 years thanks to several cheap repair jobs.
Apple's MO doesn't fit a market filled with sub £300 flatscreen units that last at least 5 years on average and can come with Internet channels, on demand and recording hard drives pre built in.
Bang & Olufsen buyers would be Apple's target market and it is tiny.
Re: Has Bill gone senile?
I think you mean kowtowing not towing a cow, but I can see how this could be confused when M$ is involved.
Dodging Mavericks till 10.10 arrives.
My Mac Pro 3,1 is staying on Snow Leopard so it can still use my massive library of Rosetta enabled legacy software, my Hackintosh is staying on Mountain Lion until Mavericks is all fixed and abandoned for the next iteration.
As the Dutch say, "The early bird is for the cat.".
They demanded I change my password then wouldn't let me.....
I received a phishing attack on my BTmail account claiming that it was about to be suspended. Contacting BT about it, I was instructed to change my password, trying to do so I was bounced by the system because it thought I had already been compromised.
20 minutes on the phone to India got that fixed and I managed to remind them about the £50 voucher they had forgotten to send me when I signed up for Infinity.
Guilty consciences must have kicked in cos the voucher arrived today.
People still buy Dell?
Desperate times at Dell towers when they have to try and wring another sixteen bucks out of idiots too dumb to install their own browser of choice. Hope they have a better plan in the pipeline...
The future of cheap labour, just how the Tories want it.
Victorian values prompted hard labour sentences which replaced the workhouse tradition in the 19th century. Looking at the US penal system the list of private companies using cheap prison labour is impressive: http://www1.american.edu/ted/jail.htm
Check it out, the Tories would love our private sector to help pay for prisoner upkeep.
Just as well they destroyed heavy industry before they decided to use Lag labour on mass.
We have austerity sunlight here in the UK, Australia has full fat sunlight by comparison.
I asked a digger why Australia measures temperature in the shade, he said "Cos the bleedin' thermometers explode if left in direct sunlight.".
Smithers! Release the Blob!
Hope they get the port they want, Steam could use it.
Bond Bug was an Ogle design too.
Following the purchase of Bond Cars Ltd., Reliant commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Design to design a fun car.
Bikers of the North would have loved to roll these in winter too I guess.
Warning: Uncensored Link
Google are merely extending the original version by adding Glass to the range of selfish things we can do to each other, sing it Dennis: http://youtu.be/UrgpZ0fUixs
Adventure Game was mint.
I remember watching Mac beat the game, sorry for his passing.
"gnoballib a yb depmac namgaws ylloj a ecnO"
Fixed that for you.
Take that Lumia 620.
Charge, charge, charge: the Rhino school of management.
Charge for Windows 8 which PC makers and their customers don't want on their non touch desktops.
Charge an annual subscription for the only serious product they have left Office 365.
Charge over the odds for low spec PC hardware dressed up as a next gen console.
Was that what his parting shot meant?
Hope they don't find a replacement who is sensible and boring like BG, they just might do what they intended instead....
Bye bye Monkey Boy life won't be nearly as amusing once you are gone.
Re: That's especially true if Microsoft is the company with the button.
When M$ was trying to sell Vista they released SP3 for XP. A friend of mine updated his XP box and suddenly his network connection to his Xbox and NAS stopped. M$ advised him that upgrading to Vista would solve this.
When Win 8.0 was dying on the shelves M$ released a patch for Win 7 which bugged 3rd party security suites and caused havoc for some folks. The M$ strategy for upselling products folks don't want is ignorance and fear.
Re: Sophisticated zero-day in-memory payload flaw ..
It is a reflexive verb, my program has a bug in it, your program has a flaw, their program is a car crash.
Been watching the slow motion car crash of IE from Firefox for over a decade. Have to thank M$ for ending IE at v4.5 on my OS.
If upgradable tech is wrong I don't want to be right.
Got my mum a 13" MBP with non retina screen, she loves it; took me 5 mins and £36 to up its RAM to 8 GB, I will sling in a SSD when the HDD wears out. Tell me about this glued in battery and soldered on RAM again, I'm still not grokking it.
Words from a Profit.
My employer recently offered a tech purchasing scheme with NI discount and repayments through salary over 3 years. The mass of orders generated were for iMacs,Tablets and Laptops. Mostly Apple kit but also many Galaxy Tabs. Folks who wouldn't have even considered giving their kids iPads for Crimble are now paying for several without even noticing. Vendors need to use enticement and easy terms to get anywhere now.
Previously technophobic staff who wouldn't pay £400 for a laptop are spending £1500 without blinking.
So speaketh the profit!
Re: Keep taking the tablets?
The very idea of folk touching a 27" IPS with their grubby little digits makes me come over all Sheldon.
Set phasers to Righteous Indignation!
I abandoned iMac format Macs in 2008 when I calculated I would have to replace with a newer model every 3-4 years due to the lack of upgrades. 2013 I am still using the 2008 Mac Pro octo 2.8 I bought with all the upgraded bits in it running very smoothly.
I added an i7 Hackintosh to my arsenal this year but both machines are used equally tbh.
The Macinnacan Pro out next will knacker upgrading anything Apple made when it is released. :(
Hey it looks like a gaming PC not a console.... Funny that.
Steam is already built around the Intel & Nvidia PC hardware used by so many Windows users playing Valve's games. I don't think Valve want to make a console they just want all those existing gaming PCs to get their Linux distro installed on them so they can sell their market games without giving M$ the cut they want.
If I was Valve I'd do that, the hardware model is already sitting on their customer's desks. They don't need to buy another device they just need to slip in another drive partition.
Re: M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.
1) Nope not claiming that, I'm saying that both companies are using antiquated patent laws to extract revenue from their competitors in a manner that makes both of them appear to be Patent Troll megacorps.
2) The amount of money paid out is kinda moot (arbitrary sums at best), the ethics of such behavior is the question. They both play this game to their own advantage and therefore are basically the same. Sell 500 million Xboxes? Yeah, they would love to wouldn't they. Then M$ wouldn't have to buy up the rights to license Nokia's patents for the next 10 years to help ensure future prosperity.
M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.
No... wait... Microsoft is estimated to collect somewhere near $8 in royalties per Android device, however, meaning its royalty fees could total $3.4 billion in 2013.
From now on I will be referring to M$ as Pot and Google as Kettle.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders,"
But NO, Redmond hasn't given up on Windows RT
Shame cos everyone else & dog has.
Hang on lads, I've got an idea.....
Maybe they could call this new venture and any new handsets MSN... no, wait...
+1 for the Patent Troll Division. I see profitability for many years to come, gouging fees from the competition, outsourcing all the hard work, developing, manufacturing and selling the hardware to the already dominant players in a market M$ still hasn't made significant headway in.
At least Mexico loves you Steve!
Be a yes man instead.
When I receive a cold call I just answer every question with "Yes". Initially the sales twat gets quite animated at the sound of all these affirmative responses but when you state that your name or bank account details are "Yes" as well they begin to realise they are wasting their own time too.
"Are you answering yes to all my questions?"
If we all did it, all day, everyday, they might get just the message.
Re: Burn baby burn
In 2005 I was playing WoW on a G5 iMac, the IBM CPU would hit 90 degrees and keep the room lovely and warm on a long winter's night in Molten Core. The twin fans sounded like a remote control aircraft was flying round the room and my nickname on coms was Squadron Leader...
Jump you suckers!
Is this the last Monkey Boy edict to M$'s pet phone firm? Full steam ahead and damn the Android torpedoes!
The turd polishing competition is certainly hotting up.
There is never a perfect time...
This article from 2010 kinda points to the perfect time, about 3 years ago to be precise:
Apparently he opened the 2nd envelope twice...... he probably knew what was in the 3rd one already.
Re: Not just The Who
Ten D vs. 1D ? We win baby!
Maybe 1D should talk about the Hard F*cking....
Re: You'd have to pay me to use it
Re: You'd have to pay me to use it
That really is the point, BYOD only exists because companies stack cheap Windows hardware in the workplace and hand out Blackberrys like smarties, while their average employee pays good money to use iPhones, iPads and Android devices instead.
The whole M$ hardware strategy seems completely business based. In my workplace we are paid to use the Dell/Hp made desktops on an XP ridden network, the office staff are given Blackberrys to link in to it by email but practically every staff member has an Apple or Android in their pocket which they paid for themselves. We did have 2 guys with Winphones, one gave his away and bought a new iPhone5 contract instead, the other was overjoyed with his wife's hand-me-down iPhone4 when her boss gave her a new iPhone5. Poor battery life and lack of specific Apps was their main complaints.
I seem to be suffering from Deja Moo
The Sex Pistols had a compilation album released just after they broke up, now what was it called?
"Hey lads! Get the jump leads quick I swear I saw one of its hooves moving!"
I hope he gets his payout.
If enough spurious claims get paid out for dubious battery fires the manufacturers might actually design a safe one. I'm not asking for built in meltdown sensors and halon dispensers just a battery that won't go nuclear in yer pocket or while on charge.
Well meaning idiocy from the Nanny state.
This reminded me of several online discussions on the subject of access to prøn being a reducer in sex crimes or not:
All interesting reading and far from conclusive in either direction. I suggest the powers that be read more and legislate less before attempting to jump on a Daily Mail bandwagon.
The Following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.
About a decade ago I visited a friend on a Nottingham housing estate for a couple of days. He proudly announced that he was now on a cable internet service having given up on a copper 2Mb ADSL line.
I was interested to see what the difference was and at about 11pm at night it was indeed mucho faster. Unfortunately, during the day and especially between 4pm to 8pm eBay pages would take minutes to load and his torrents would grind to a halt for hours. As for attempting to game online or perform a Widows Update, forget it till well past bedtime for the majority of the estate's kids.
I presumed that the cable salesman had sold a line to every bloody house in the estate with a PC and the whole damn lot of them were being strained through 1 box at the end of the access road.
Next time I visited, internet service was now being provided by a 3G ISP direct to his laptop and he'd told the cable company exactly where to stick their bills. It was still slow but at least he was getting exactly what he was expecting and no other bugger was hogging the bandwidth.
Sell, sell, sell!
$14 million worth of M$ shares could very easily become $10 million or even $7 million by 2016. If I was the man with the golden ejector seat I'd be converting them to greenbacks pronto.
Having said that, it sounds like the best defenestration you could hope to get, provided you don't end up spending the rest of your life sitting in a courtroom on the wrong side of monkey boy, defending the indefensible....
I think our Government is holding the Tax Form wrong.
They could very easily apply a different tax model to multinational companies who pull this kind of shite.
Double the VAT component on their goods and make it non refundable too.
"Are you taking the piss buddy?" says Apple.
"Well you started it mate." says HMRC.
Ah, waves of distortion lapping round your eyeballs and the valves keeping the room nice and warm on a cold winters night. Pass the cocoa love, the Old Grey Whistle Test will be on in a minute.
Nix mania and Dick sons are a match made in retail purgatory.
Bought a Hard drive/DVD-R recording TV box from Pixmania quite a while ago, 4 attempts to get Parcel Farce to deliver it and it finally arrived with a moulded-on European plug and French documentation. An ideal present for my Mum and only 2 weeks after Xmas. Never again.
Bought a 60GB iPod from PC World donkeys ago and took out a guarantee with it for £1.99/month. 7 years later it started forgetting everything. Dixons/PCworld tech desk guy tries manfully to get it repaired under the cover 3 times. KnowHow send it back each time still screwed and after 5 weeks delay each attempt. The fine print says if they can't fix it in 3 attempts I get a new one. KnowHow says only if all 3 attempts are within 90 days. How can I get 3 repairs done in 90 days if they take over 30 days to return it each time? PCworld tech desk man slams phone down on KnowHow advisor after 30 mins trying to resolve that one...
Hello Amazon, would you like me to buy something today?
My word, is that you Sony-san?
When asked his football loyalties a Glaswegian friend of mine said "I'm not biased, I don't care who beats Rangers."
As a Mac user for the last 20 years I have the same attitude towards M$.
For all my misgivings about pretty much all Sony tech since the PS-1, I am very glad they just announced this new declaration of war on the Ballmerboxers.
Lend me 10 pounds and I'll buy you a drink Mr Kazuo Hirai!
Re: @Colin Ritchie:$400 behemoths
I agree, a dedicated GPU on the same die as the CPU, specifically designed for playing games, will do a better job at playing games. I wasn't claiming that the same hardware in a PC will perform as well in that task specifically. My statement was purely about how much that hardware costs, nothing more. How the Xbone utilizes it is down to the architecture and the programming, not the price.
The cost price of the components will be far less to M$ than to a retail buyer of the same components for their PC. An 8 core AMD CPU and a 7790 GFX card will rush a punter about $300, I assume M$ will pay less than half that, especially as they come on the same die. I would also expect the profit margin on an Xbone to be above 50% even before M$ shaft their loyal punters with punitive DRM and extortionate new game price. Monkey boy will be creaming himself if he gets away with this cash cow herd model and his position as head milker will be secure till retirement.
I have one more concern for APU tech with such high performance potential: heat dissipation. I sincerely hope they have got that right, otherwise the red ring of death may be a "feature" of Xbox architecture once again.