92 posts • joined 4 May 2009
The article is pretty much spot on in how I see the utility of the cloud. It works very well for new applications that have been designed for it - spin up smallest possible instance for new web service X and now you've got a much cheaper platform than you could build yourself.
Data costs are a red herring - if they are growing in the cloud they would be growing locally too. Whether the cost is too much depends on how much you want to store and what you have infrastructure wise. Amazon S3 is $85 per TB per month. Depending on your scale thats either a lot more than you pay locally or not a bad deal. Got no infrastructure then you have to buy a server, maintain it and power it. If you already have a server then another couple of disks for your RAID array is much cheaper but that might not suit your workload.
Paying in bandwidth and computing power? You are aware that you "pay" this for any internet based mapping solution whether it is "free" at the point of use or not? I can't imagine that even if I just used google maps all day every day that the cost of bandwidth for adds would ever add up to a measurable amount.
I'm not disputing that the cost for almost all of googles services is your information and eyeballs infront of adds just that in any way that Google adds which aren't animated flash horrors add in any appreciable way to the cost of your bandwidth.
Re: I still think
Clearly because you have no need of these things no one else possibly could...
Re: I still think
I would agree with some of that - the martian one that is just a fancy notification light (albeit with vibration too) seems a bit pointless.
On the other hand I use my pebble all the time and find it very handy. Most email I find is junk or circulars so the ability to glance at my wrist and dismiss unwanted messages is great. On top of that it works as a sleep monitor (wakes you up at the right point in your sleep cycle), bike speedometer and running monitor (how fast/far you have gone).
I'll be the first to admit I could live without my pebble but you could say that about a lot of tech and for me it fills a niche.
Re: So why didn't you buy an iPhone?
This is also confusing me. Do they not sell or somehow block unlocked handsets in Canada? Could you not buy the mentioned Moto G or a Nexus 5 or something? According to a Japanese friend they do that with iPhones in Japan - it's like the bad old days for would be fruity fondle phone buyers in the UK where you can only buy it from the telcos for very inflated prices and there are no native unlocked options.
Re: @Wilseus... Why?
"Depending on the manufacturing process. It could be cheaper to install windows than it is not to install it."
I'm not convinced about that (blank hard drive vs an imaged drive) but it certainly could be more expensive to install a free OS than windows and given the amount of shovelware that comes with most new PCs I imagine that the cost of Windows ends up pretty negligible.
I agree though Microsoft have done far more harm with internet explorer than Google. We still have to optimise for crappy old IE versions and even those as recent as version 9 are woefully behind internet standards.
Google have an awful lot of power and influence but honestly I'd pick a Google monopoly over a Microsoft one any day. Google may want to harvest my data and shove ads down my throat but at least they provide me with very good services for a low low price in exchange.
Re: Still they got access to twitter
Well to be fair the BBC has a recent reputation for doing/allowing naughty things to be done to kids so maybe it was just a bit of foresight.
Yes I have in fact they are dual core parts but specifically they are the ultra low voltage parts normally used in ultrabooks (as mentioned in the review). Have you looked on the Apple site where you'll see that the Macbook Pros use the much faster 37W parts hence better specced offerings.
I was looking at this laptop to replace my ageing 15" Core 2 Duo laptop which is basically the same size but fatter. Everything looks great, full hd res, backlit keyboard, suitable graphics chip, plenty of ram, upgradeable ram + hard disk I even forgave it the fact that it's 15" rather than the 13-14" I'd really like but then the processor.
WTF not even the better specced dual core offerings? Surely a chassis of this size can fit in something better after all the regular 13" Macs manage it. I think I'll pass until they upgrade the processor as I just can't see it lasting as well as my 5yr old current laptop.
Steelie Neelie still not optional
"So remind us, what was the point of Neelie Kroes again?"
Three have always been the most competitive in coming up with things customers actually want. You could probably say they saw the writing on the wall as it looks like Steelie wants pan EU roaming at local costs but 3 should be applauded A) for getting in well ahead of the competition B) extending it out of the EU
Speed of development
The key weakness for Pebble imho. These changes are great and needed but they should have been out already not "later this year". We still lack magnometer access and an app store so there can be easy installation and updates for apps. Crucially though I think they need to either make a few good apps to fill obvious niches like fitness tracking or pay someone to do it for them.
They got off to a reasonable start with Runkeeper and Freecaddy but they need more apps to drive demand.
You have no idea
Microsoft does huge amounts of R&D outside of what you would even vaguely expect. A friend is doing for example biological computing research with them but they hire huge numbers of PhDs globally.
Nice price and from the renders at least they look good, shame that I bet they're plastic rather than metal bodies.
All this fuss
The comparison to Microsoft seems a bit harsh. Its not as if it is particularly hard for anyone to switch to another search engine or maps provider. Heck even Android is open source and can and has been forked by competitors.
The reason they are successful is because their products are at the very least quite acceptable and often the best available. Where they aren't such as Android offline mapping its very easy to just install another app or on the desktop use something else.
This is pure darwinian evolution at work and when you see all these wonderful little adaptations taking place is does make the whole process seem pretty awesome.
Re: MS will win
But what will they win? I can't see them winning the consumer side largely because the public have never warmed to their online services and stores the way they have with Apple and Google.
The risk to MS is that someone like Blackberry or any other over the top vendor can do the integration with MS infrastructure on Android and iOS. Its not like these products don't exist already.
As has been said before Office is their biggest draw - if I wanted a tablet for business use where I was dealing with a lot of Office documents Surface would be the only real option. For everything else its last in the lineup.
They went to a restaurant in the same hotel complex for a couple of hours. At what age are you allowed to leave kids alone or must they be watched 24/7 until the age of majority?
I already have and the price was about £50. My main purpose was in easy ability to change hot water times as we work changing shifts not change the temperature - there's a nob on the wall that does that.
There isn't anything wrong with copying with attribution an explanation.
There is a problem with copying without attribution or your whole work being copied with attribution and sold. The former is unethical which is frowned on in doctors, the second falls under copyright laws I believe and is probably less of interest to the GMC.
These are the guys that sit around drinking champagne all day so I'd guess so
I doubt this will be flying off the shelves. I really want that screen res on my next laptop but at £1000 for Chrome OS you're having a laugh. I'm writing this on a Samsung ARM chromebook and I love it - I can even dual boot into Ubuntu (goodness knows how the Reg reviewer found it hard to do). The thing about the Samsung CB is that its cheap, has no fans and a very respectable battery life. The Pixel has none of these and that screen doesn't make up for it.
In that regard I have a nice watch that I use when I wear my smart stuff - purely mens jewellery in that regard since when I wear it I probably don't want to pull my phone out to tell the time.
The pebble is my day-to-day watch, it looks good enough for that and will hopefully serve its purpose well.
Maybe they will be niche articles maybe not. The $10M+ that pebble have received in backing shows there is at least reasonable interest given that the device wasn't even out when they got that.
I've got to say that the increase in phone sizes probably adds to the reason for wanting these. They start to not fit all that well into your jeans pockets without creating unsightly bulges so I stick my phone in a less convenient jacket pocket or bag. I've ordered a pebble so I can glance at my watch to see if its yet another junk email/ PPI claim text or if its something I might want to pay attention to. Not to mention being able to change the music volume/track without having to pull my phone out perhaps when I'm cycling.
*Worth £1.9m in 2011, the sector brought in only £1.6m in 2012 *
Pretty sure you mean billion otherwise the sector is in more trouble than I thought
Listening to the commentary
"This is fast... this is real fast" repeat
I'd certainly give RIM a better shot than MS. The playbook talks directly to Exchange so hopefully the new BB10 handsets will do with the Blackberry server stuff optional. If they have some guts they'd turn BBM into a skype competitor too they just need to cross platform it. No-one else seems willing to compete with them but RIM with a still large install base and relatively enthusiastic following could.
Really a surprise?
When you run a store with staff who know nothing selling overpriced goods?
We were replacing our fridge last year and looked at one with an inbuilt water dispenser and a big label on the front that says "pure filtered water" (or words to that effect) so we ask a chirpy store droid whether that includes limescale removal.
Cue a 5 minute trip to ask someone.
"No it doesn't just impurities"
"Oh like what?"
Cue an expression on her face that suggested we should know that our water is horribly impure and should always be drunk filtered.
"So do the filters need changing"
"Oh yes" she beamed "we have a subscription plan to sell you a years supply of filters so you don't need to worry about running out for £x" a horribly inflated price.
To top it all online they had the same fridge as a "special online only offer" with a slightly different product code for about £200 less. Are you surprised you're out of business when you treat customers like mugs?
Probably because Microsoft made the sensible decision to license Activesync widely and not lock out any competitors. RIM was free to become a licencee but didn't and required their own propriety solution instead. They didn't licence their solution and only came up with a free SMB server once the shift away from them was well underway.
If they had announced they were licencing BBM to other manufacturers and systems 12 months ago (think BBM to your facebook buddies) they might have had a viable business model going forward but the value of BBM and its social network is shrinking along with its userbase.
Limited use cases
Not a bad idea in some cases - I like the school use case as they are genuinely somewhere with potentially big storage needs and a lot of PCs. What happens though when you need a file after 5 and everyone has gone home and turned their PC off and the one thing you need isn't cached? How do you get that file do you have to turn on the whole schools PCs?
A bit of gesture control would be a very nice feature - far more appealing than touch for desktops and some laptops. Most of the time I rest my hands off the keyboard when reading things on the screen and being able to just air swipe to scroll down, change tabs etc would be nifty if it worked. Not so great if the recognition is spotty and has lots of false positives.
"The fact that us Westerners don't see porn with the same illegality is irrelevant"
That would be because apart from some types it isn't illegal.
Thats not to say that a kid who is watching so much porn they aren't doing their school work isn't having problems but that probably falls under the title of being a teenager
How far does the storage requirement go?
You have a "copy" for everyone that selects it to be recorded but what happens if that's stored on a storage solution that does de-duplication. It's the same result but is it different legally to having a catalogue?
So how do you teach coding?
RCJ may be somewhat misguided but I firmly believe real programming should be taught at an early stage alongside other staples such as the sciences and maths and english. Not everyone will go on to take it at GCSE/Standard Grade level but without any prior exposure surely very few will?
Case in point my 12 YO cousins recently produced apps for android at school. I'm pretty sure this was done through an app builder but it got her really excited about the possibilities. She could well go on to do CS at GCSE where hopefully she would actually be taught some real programming and some of the theory behind CS.
I love this sort of thing - a few years ago this sort of thing released 10 days ago would have been called an amusing prank. Now you could make your own version with a £100 games console peripheral and your home PC.
I love the idea and it's getting close but still too expensive given that you can get a Toyota Aygo a year old for that price and £45 would more than cover the petrol costs for the distance you are planning in a Twizzy plus you have a car with windows.
Maybe its more attractive on HP but where it really seems to be lacking is that it has most of the disadvantages of scooters - no windows, low speed and in this case low range combined with missing one of their big benefits of lots of available parking.
Battery tech is a big problem here - at £6k without the extra battery charges and upping the range a little the equation would probably start to change a lot.
Really I don't see where you get personal use as part of this. Regular PCs can offload things like h256 to their graphics card for decoding and similarly mobile devices have specialised decoders.
Maybe pro video editors will be wanting their CPU/GPU doing something while they're watching video but the rest of us will be quite happy without that extra cost.
So that's £100M for the big and triple that after the cost overruns and delays to produce a system that fits half the scope?
There must be dozens of examples of prior art for the use of a caddy. I'm sure my very old Treo 650 used a caddy for the SIM for instance to allow it to be top loading.
Re: Manufacturers give customers what they want.
I'm surprised computer manufacturers haven't jumped on the TV marketing bandwagon and marketed their screens as HD/ Full HD. I'm sure you'd see a huge uplift in sales just through people now no longer wanting to settle for "half" as good.
Is that an underwater power supply?
Re: IR retroreflectors?
"IR beacons won't work so well on a lovely sunny day."
Did you spot the bit where this was in Inverness
Re: Sounds about right.
Depends on what you want to find out, if it's just whether two samples are from the same person that could easily be done in a day.
Re: Non astronauts?
I can't imagine they haven't explored that given its been mentioned here several times already but there problem is surely going to lie in that the pool to test from is already pretty damned small to draw any evidence. Cutting it down is going to give a completely statistically unsound result.
Re: Tim is
"There's a lot of money in toys, but I wouldn't want to bet on toy sales as a business model with staying power."
Really Lego and Hornby etc have been doing just fine for nigh on a century. Adults like toys just as much as kids, shiny cars, shiny phones basically shiny anything that you use a lot.
Re: Shades of VBScript
The difference is that Chrome isn't the defacto leader and monopoly in web browsers or any of the fields you've mentioned.
What Microsoft did was wrong and damaging because it forced everyone else to write things broken as IE was what by far the majority used and doing anything else was commercial suicide.
Did Apple not effectively ban Kindle from the app store by demanding all payments for books used in iOS went through it not Apples own store something it knew Amazon would never stomach?
I really don't see the problem it's just the fee for being listed in Google Market. Its not like when you buy something at a real store 100% of the money goes to manufacturer.
Google is better in this regard than Apple since you can install an alternative store if you wish who may charge a lesser fee.
Do you think the servers to host the market, provide downloads and process the payment are free?
Ofcom please take note
“Service providers offering unlimited plans without qualifications must ensure that their networks are equipped with sufficient capacity so that they are truly capable of providing unlimited services to the relevant customers,” said an OFTA spokesperson at the time.
Please make mobile and fixed BB providers say unlimited up to XGB and we will throttle you to hell.
Because we clearly don't have laws against fake medicines and counterfeiting already?
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