2683 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 12:27 GMT
The usual benchmark missing
How many stores "sold out"? That's usually how Apple define success. And usually what causes people to claim that it's artificially limited.
Horizontal from vertical
One thing I've been consistently confused by - why the switch from measuring vertical to horizontal? Everyone's used to 720, 1080 as sizes. 4K makes it sound like it's 4x taller (and ultimately wider) thus 16x the resolution. Whereas in reality it's only a doubling.
Just marketing trickery?
Re: Will it ever be cheap?
Sadly I left my crystal ball in the office, but generally speaking, yes.
Ultra massive of this scale probably won't fall to the same levels (purely because volumes will be lower due to few people having room to fit the damn thing in!)
"Their competitors have a 6-9 month product release cycle, while apple has had a 1 year one. That doesn't cut it anymore."
Remind me when Apple last released an iPad? March was it?
Re: Nicely put
" the majority of us are private individuals who value that time to ourselves, just thinking, reading, texting, day dreaming etc"
and occasionally glaring at the other prat on the train who has seemingly decided to turn his headphones into high frequency loud speakers. Although the best way I've found to stop that is to either mouth along to the lyrics (if you know them) or failing that, dance.
"My car is bloody hard to repair but do I moan?"
Erm, it's generally not. As for the rest of your examples, nope, they're not too hard to open and repair either.
Re: I presume....
No, MS have clearly followed the Apple style-guide for the app so it fits in with the OS. Unlike Apple who imposed their own style-guide on the Windows version of iTunes - although that's just one of many reasons Windows iTunes is abominable.
The most interesting thing from this article (the review was self-explanatory - new network, fast, only where available, v expensive) was that el Reg give out iPhones to their staff. Odd considering the mocking that Apple "fanbois" tend to be given here...
Re: Error in article??
@Alan - the point was that in the US the phones can apparently do 3G voice and 4G data concurrently (nothing about VoLTE). It is a bit odd that the phone can't use both 3G and 4G simultaneously but it's perhaps down to the antennae layout or the chippery inside.
"Fingers crossed, the rating for our app should improve from a frankly pathetic two stars."
I'm amazed it got such a high score! It was pretty appalling to begin with ;-) May well take a look, if only for the offline reading - as noted I'd be inclined to just use the browser app built into most smartphones otherwise
Re: Bah to El Fan Boyz
Did you just read the title and then rush in a blind fury to the comments section?
"Android owners, we have not forgotten you. The Reg's Android App upgrade should go live in a couple of weeks, subject to tests."
Re: Guess the fairness of it depends on the situation
A lot of people angry about various hyoptheticals that are happening only in people's minds.... Strange.
Bottom line, he either said "it's not ready" and blew a fairly hard deadline tied to the Google renewal, or shipped it with minimal attention to quality control. Either option is a fairly big "oops" moment for a SVP's team. Not to mention Tim Cook getting the team he *wanted* and not inherited was long overdue. As for tribunals, he's a SVP - short of plundering the company (and even then...) you leave with an almighty golden parachute regardless of reason for exiting.
As an outsider and slightly back on topic, I'm rather excited at the prospect of Sir Jony heading up hard and soft design, anyone else?
Re: Not sure the purpose is lockdown
"If the purpose wasn't lockdown they wouldn't use screws that require specialist tools to remove."
Those screws being Torx screws? Hardly specialist, you need one to change the bulbs in my car.
Re: What's the point of 4G...
"One thing I do wish however, is they'd depricate older technology as newer tech becomes the mainstream. For instance somebody mentioned the number of 2g phones. Why?"
Well they'd have to provide UK-wide 3G support first. I think you'd be surprised at how little coverage there is and how much of the population is dependent on 2G coverage:
http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/mobile/index.html (and change the radio button between 2G and 3G)
Any indication of how they're triggering the release though?
As said, best of luck to them.
Re: It's not just a big distance to cross... there's a lot of history
Pretty high - life started on Earth (and effectively the universe) pretty much as soon as was practically possible. Very broad stroke, but in terms of the universe forming and going through the various stages of element creation through the various stars up to Population I stars (like ours) and a surrounding solar system, the formation of the earth, life started pretty much (in astronomical terms) as soon as the conditions were right.
If we assume the rest of the Population I stars underwent a similar cycle (and no reason to doubt they didn't) makes it extremely likely that life would start on similar timescales across the universe.
In short, for a lot of history across the universe, life wasn't possible. And even without that, we know that life on Earth has existed for about 1/6 of the universe's life.
"Does anyone still think we're alone?"
You fool! God's clearly up there! :-)
Yeah, but it's largely pointless on the minituarised screens embedded in their watches
Re: Am I showing my age...
Not just you, hence my reply. Though would suggest OP makes sarcasm a bit more obvious if that was the case... unless they genuinely thought Apple were supplying a 500MB drive?
But little hint, if you set out to pedantic, make sure you're also correct - for example, what's a "500mb" drive? Would that be a milli-bit? Meaning the disk can only store 500 milli-bits, meaning 0.5 bits? How would that work then? Stretch it further to question if it's a milli-barn if you like..
"Where does Apple find 500mb hard drives? And, why bother."
Because it's a 2.5" disk, and that's quite a popular capacity for that form factor?
"Fortunately, the company said it will give affected customers free downloadable content, with instant access to all Rocksmith mini-games, by way of an apology."
Cue people unaffected scratching off their activation codes, claiming they didn't get one, getting a fresh activation code to give to their friend AND a bonus of DLC and the mini-games. Result!
"Astronomers have spotted a supersonic cosmic jet blasting two million light years from the centre of a distant galaxy's supermassive black hole."
"“Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn’t theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it,"
Are they just allowed to outright lie these days? Not sure where they're profitting from it, but it's certainly not through distributing music.
"Of course, because the greenhouse gasses are still building up, it takes more and more ice each time, thus solving the problem once and for all."
"ONCE AND FOR ALL!!"
Re: Far cry
"But the iPhone4 average UK TCO was well over £1000 at launch.....(yes you paid less cos your amazing, but almost everyone didn't)"
Google "TCO smartphone". You'll find that most smartphones (including iPhones) have a similar TCO according to analysis. iPhones may seem to be premium but as already pointed out, hold their value at the end, which gets taken into the TCO calculation.
"Their annual upgrade & expansion costs are in the region of £550M. Spending £10M on one piece of kit that has caused two big outages (and maybe causing internal headaches) plus a massive dent in customer (and investor) confidence is a reasonable business decision."
Yes, now it's a reasonable decision - but the OP was suggesting replacing it after ONE incident.
Also, be under no illusions this is one piece of kit - it'll be one system.
Orion - the local galactic arm? The nebula? The constellation? The space craft? The nuclear propulsion project?
You'd think with all the words we have available to us, we wouldn't have to be overlapping so massively in space-faring term :-)
@Cam2A - yes but the post above (big ted's, which I suspect they were trying to reply to) did.
Re: Not a reason to refuse to buy an Apple product................
"But definitely a reason to not buy anything they produce until they get a positive report that all the problems are sorted and the workers are happy with conditions etc."
Or an Xbox... or a PS3... or a Wii... or a Kindle... Or... Or... the list goes on.
Re: What happens if...
I believe it's limited to geolocated IP addresses, same way as iPlayer works. Requires a bit of VPN to work.
Don't think it's been declared an official record yet. I suspect that's because they're mulling over whether they have to do the usual speed record thing of asking him to repeat the feat in the opposite direction...
I did wonder this, seems a bit draconian that the system as it's described can assume agreement from a driver to pay just by driving onto a piece of land that may or may not be clearly identified as a paid car park. Are there even barriers involved here? I assume if I pass a barrier, I'm probably going to be paying something, but I also assume there will be a space for me.
And don't get me started on the multitude of airports that are now charging a quid just to pick up or drop someone off..
"Still, all of us EU citizens now have 1/503,492,041th of a Nobel Peace Prize. Let's raise a glass to that"
Yup, in yo' *face*, Rest Of World! Haven't felt this proud since I won Time Person of the Year back in 2006 :-D
Re: SSDs and HDDs both require backup...
No one is saying it's a backup strategy, but yes it's true that HDs tend (granted, not always) to signal their failure (SMART indicators for a start, physical signs of death like clicking) allowing you to get most data off it if you haven't already and total failure of disks still generally allows for some element of recovery at specialist labs (again, not cheap, but possible).
SSDs on the other hand tend *not* to signal their failure in advance and the options for recovery once they do are a lot more limited.
Re: External Drives
Was just thinking that, I'm pretty sure a large number of people (including me) were realising just how cheap the external disks were in PC World compared to internal drives via the usual channels. Made for a nice change at least. Probably part of the reason they were also sticking up signs limiting 2 per customer.
On a non-IT related note, coconut milk went through a similar supply shortage.
So play with the numbers however suits you best - it's a lighthearted calculation based on a google fubar. Reduce the radius by x and increase the mass by y, where xy=10^6, as already explained.
Re: 16 now?
What's more insane is the suggestion to downgrade to the older version, 15.0.1??
Re: How effing much?
You know there are more to staff costs than salary, right?
"If any of our readers would like to test this, please share your results in the comments below. Ah, go on…"
Sadly the comments for this page will probably close before any reader experiments could conclude
"Few would argue that the film deserves its legendary status."
Can't tell if you've phrased this badly or are saying it doesn't deserve legendary status? I'd be ony of many to argue that the film deserves its legendary status.
"Maybe I'm missing something obvious but if the escape velocity has increased 1,000 fold along with the gravity, how exactly has the radius shrunk?"
Because escape velocity is calculated using both the mass and the radius of the earth, specifically it's sqrt(2GM/r). So to achieve the thousand fold increase, you can either keep the mass or radius constant and change the other by a factor of 1,000,000 (Mass up by this value, or radius down by this value), which if you read the rest of the article, they do both these options.
Or you can play and get a variety of options. You could put mass up by 1,000 and radius down by 1,000 and achieve the same result. Or any other factors of 1,000,000 (m up by 2, radius down by 500,000
If that was the first and only picture they'd taken with that camera, then sure. But it's not.
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