235 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Marketing dept. invents scandal, generously astroturfed 'outrage' ensues, press release on the wire within hours.
I expect better from El Reg.
Re: This is not "post scarcity"
When you consider the resources you need to employ just to get that one washer you need from the DIY store though, things change markedly.
In addition to the minuscule resources to actually make the single washer you need you have to pay for:
Packaging, transport and all the other overheads for the manufacture of the washers (and CO₂ if you care about such things)
Overheads for the store (+CO₂)
A car; taxed, insured, sitting on your driveway
The fuel, wear and tear of getting to the store and back (+CO₂)
The time take for the above.
And then you have 999 washers sitting in the garage.
A future where printing just one washer at a low enough cost, even if this is a few orders of magnitude greater than the current negligible bulk production cost, will be hugely disruptive.
Re: Ancient laptop.
Even the crappiest Android device running Wi-Fi Analyzer can show unique APs with the same SSID. Why carry around that old junk?
You've obviously never used iOS 7 on an iPhone 4 before then.
I can only imagine Apple's idea was:
"Let's give iPhone 4 users a faithful emulation of the performance of an original HTC Wildfire. That'll get them to upgrade"
Nearly managed it!
"For now, Android doesn’t have to be much better; and only a widespread consumer revolt (which is hard to envisage) will force either Samsung or Google (or both) to improve the rotten UX and performance with well-written native code, and better design."
You were doing so well until then.
Re: Same old same old.....
Absolutely. My Legend was a beautiful device for its time but I swore off HTC due to the lack of support mere months after it dropped off their 'latest & greatest' roster.
Similarly, Sony lost my business when they started playing silly buggers with OS updates, reneging on promises previously made.
Both companies would have to work hard to convince me they've changed their spots, but I have to say Sony's rehabilitation is proceeding much better than HTC's.
What is it about Doctor Who?
Grown men of a certain type seem obsessed with Doctor Who, but in the fervour of their reverential wankfest seem to overlook that it's a programme for kiddies.
No point moaning about plots, story arcs or retconning arbitrary Macguffins, you might as well debate the same things for Tommy Zoom or Scooby Doo.
Flame away, Whotards...
Apple doing consumers a favour? Puh-leeze...
"So what we have in the iPhone 5C, then, is essentially a plastic version of the iPhone 5 – and that's reflected in its cost."
Without a 5C the old 5 would've dropped to the same price anyway so this is all about maintaining Apple's receding margin in a more competitive market.
Nothing wrong in that of course, but let's not get carried away.
You mean Google is quite happy to have PB of data that _isn't_ encrypted flying around at the moment?
If DC-8s can make it through interstellar space then I'd think it would be an easy task for a 747 to achieve LEO.
*tips tinfoil hat at jaunty angle*
Incoming - the ultimate bacon sarnie?
White bread, crispy bacon, beer spread - The ultimate man food?
DUI - Disaster? Undo It!
OPRAH - Obligatory Panic Rocket Arrestment Hardware
Child of the 70s, some of my formative musical experiences were on cassette. Still have a Sony TC-K611S here somewhere.
Also, this: http://i.eatliver.com/2011/7823.jpg
Tabs? Where we're going we don't need...tabs.
Tabs lasted all of about 7 seconds in my inbox, can't recall ever seeing an ad dressed up as an email.
As others have said, these aren't mail items, just ads that appear similar to emails. Sneaky perhaps, but hardly a huge intrusion.
For anyone unhappy with this then I suppose they are free to refund Google for all the money they've paid for their service.
But, but, but, but!
Lasers are all well and good, but how are they going to fit the shark in there too?
Re: Pragmatic, sensible and workarounds exist for the problems
Yeah, because there are no natural gas, oil or water pipelines in the same part of California, are there?
As for the Bay Bridge, Hyperloop should present far lower loads on a bridge, certainly dynamically, than traditional rail so running it across wouldn't necessarily be an issue.
Anyway, the PDF addresses many of these concerns and given the smart people behind it I think we can assume there's been some significant thought gone into it and it's not just a "gee, wouldn't this be cool?" thing for Musk.
Re: @Danny - On retuning
My impression is that car radios have actually gotten worse at following RDS AF in the past 15 years.
I never used to have any problem but cars nowadays don't seem to handle it as well as they used to, or stations (mainly, it has to be said, endless bloody Heart, Magic, Galaxy, Real etc. crud) just don't implement properly.
In any case, DAB is little better as stuff drops in and out of MUXes as you drive about.
Persistence is futile...
Die, DAB, die.
Erm, maybe not. Can you say latency? Overhead?
I'll stick with Ethernet and cat6, thanks.
Re: Fill in the blanks!
Not necessarily. It's a fair bet that what Photoshop can do today to a 2D image in terms of content aware fill, something like this toolset will be able to at some point with 3D imagery.
Hat's off to the boffins, this is impressive stuff that could have many more applications outside of the film industry.
Yes, let's get Microsoft back to its old altruistic self when all it cared about was users' happiness and rarely bothered to even collect money for the software it gladly distributed for the common good.
Re: More Upstream Please
Oh you poor dear.
First world problems indeed.
Get Page on this article to give it the requisite pro-US MIC spin.
Missiles will be reported exploding mid-flight like it was the 4th of July!
I think the Samsung idea has legs.
Let's face it, Blackberry is doomed.
On the other hand, Samsung is making pots of cash from its Android sales, but is at the mercy of Google for much of that good fortune.
Differentiating Android has become a paper-thin exercise as the core OS has improved so there isn't much Samsung can do in this direction any more.
How much would it like to own not just the chips inside, the screen, the badge on the front and the consumer relationship, but the OS too?
Bada failed because it was too early in the smartphone maturity cycle and at that point Samsung had neither the brand or USP to impose it on the market in any significant way.
But it's now gotten to the point where people want 'an iPhone' (not iOS) or 'a Samsung' (not Android) and as long as the app ecosystem can support the majority of these users then who's to say that a large % of the people buying an S4 because it's a Samsung wouldn't continue to do so?
Chuck in some lock-in via messaging and...profit?
So Samsung buys Blackberry, spends a bit of cash tickling developers (much more than RIM) to up the quantity/quality of apps and premieres its latest hardware on a QNX-base OS with BBM built in.
It might opt to continue to offer Android/Windows but these would lack the latest and greatest features/hardware.
Crucially, to get the maximum value this would have to happen before BBM is opened up.
Must've been discussed at at least one Seoul boardroom meeting.
Re: "It's a Sony"
After rootkit, PSN hacking and other issues, not least broken promises from Sony over Android updates to 2011-vintage phones, I swore off Sony until they'd sharpened up their act.
I admit I'm surprised that they seem to be doing their level best to appeal to consumers again what with the PS4 and a renewed commitment to Android as an open and updateable platform for their devices.
This is quite a turnaround, maybe the shock of seeing all that red ink on their balance sheet over the past few years really has forced them to turn over a new leaf?
Re: Re. phone "hacking"
Ahh, the irony of an AC posting his/her email address! ;)
Re: Bring back "rate this article"
You too, huh?
More security fubars from LinkedIn!
I wish I didn't have an account now!
Oh wait :)
"Yu may think that – but Microsoft couldn’t possibly comment."
Ho ho ho.
Magical new invoice lines...
All I've found is that instead of speccing a physical box (say, £6k?), with OS & sundry licensing (£1k, as the box wasn't particularly fruity) now I'm budgeting for core/RAM/hdd use (and they tell me there's never enough!) but the OS & hypervisor licensing is still a significant % of what the old hardware+license cost was, and I don't even have a shiny new box to show for it at the end of the day.
OK, hosting charges should be significantly less over the term, but there's precious little saving to shout about when bringing a solution together.
An undocumented Windows 8 feature spawns a svchost thread grabbing 100% CPU when a non-IE browser is being used.
Concocted by MS Marketing precisely for this purpose.
Would not surprise me in the slightest.
Really struggling to understand HP's motivation in this one.
Was there a meeting in February where they decided they were *that* desperate to get a 7" device into the market that they had to rush something out that, frankly, would've looked mediocre last summer?
The next generation of 7-8" Androids are just around the corner and I'd be surprised if the Nexus 7 II doesn't make this look like the relic it really is.
At least they've not taken the piss with the pricing I suppose, but £99 might've been more appropriate.
Hard G, Mr Wilhite (what sort of name is that anyway?)
And I'll fight anyone who says otherwise.
Same for folk who say "led" instead of Ell-Eee-Dee.
And folk who say "Snezz" instead of Super Nintendo.
If that's wrong I don't want to be right.
I thought that Ultraviolet was going to be a step in the right direction too...until I tried to use it.
Not only does it implement multiple layers of DRM and authorisation (distribution and some middleware/aggregated rights holder), but it is so fundamentally consumer-unfriendly that I swore I’d never use it again.
For example, having to download and install Paramount’s “DRM tool” to play back a disc is one thing, but to be asked to install two pieces of software to do this seems to provide yet more potential failure points in future, as well as being a pain in the arse. The quality wasn’t much cop either, certainly less than DVD never mind the Blu-ray that I’d purchased.
I’ve tried other streaming/download services with similar results.
I bought one of Fox’s Triple Play discs with a reasonable expectation of a high quality downloaded version, right? Wrong. Apparently a crummy bitrate 360p copy is apparently sufficient!
Then I upgraded the OS which invalidated the DRM and I had to phone California to request another validation code. This came with all sorts of draconian warnings that this was a one-time operation and if it failed I would lose the ability to playback.
Deleted/uninstalled all the files and downloaded a BD rip of that one!
The best I’ve tried is actually Tesco’s Blinkbox/Clubcard integration. Buy the disc in store or online and it’s available for streaming immediately on PC or my LG Blu-ray player. Great quality and hassle free.
Still DRM though which means it may disappear at any point, but at least with this service I have a physical disc to rely on.
Re: HTC has damaged itself
And that’s the reason I won’t buy an HTC, or Sony for that matter (although they appear to be making amends in this department).
Being stuck with a handset 1 or 2 major versions behind the Android curve when you’ve still got 7 months left on a contract is not a happy experience.
Once bitten, twice shy. Sorry HTC.
When you leave school* perhaps you'll find out that 'trying to get out of taxes' and 'finding the appropriate taxes to pay' are two sides of the same coin. Corporations have an obligation to generate value for their shareholders (not necessarily just maximise profit, as is often quoted) and part of this is achieved by minimising their tax liability.
If the regulations haven't yet caught up with modern international practices, allowing such 'avoidance', then it's hardly the fault of Amazon, Google or their accountants for exploiting such loopholes, is it?
Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of these shell companies in low tax regimes, but pillorying the corporates when it's the Govt/EU's own rules that permit this isn't the best way to effect change.
* Sorry, cheap dig but I'm down on my ad hominem quota for this year already.
Re: Goodness gracious!
$9B, not $9M
Them extra three zeroes make a lot of difference...
Re: I made a project with the Pi
Nice website, Sir. You should gets some RSS on that.
Oh no you jus dint...
*Adopts R. Stallman beard*
GNU/Linux! Get it right, please.
Re: Still with the tincy-wincy liddle screen?
Surely not? Adopting the way Android has worked for years?
Well I never.
Maybe now the Apple faithful*, having learned how Android avoids 'stretched phone apps', will stop bleating this whenever Android screen variance is mentioned?
*Disclosure: iPhone 5 owner, although not a very happy one
Blinkbox actually far closer to that than you may realise.
Of the things you mentioned only simultaneous playback isn't offered right now, but other than the dearth of content pretty much all of the rest is here today as a streaming service.
Of course, you've got to a) be signed up to Clubcard (with all that entails) and b) trust that they're in this for the long game, but hey.
As a service Blinkbox is actually pretty good, especially considering the Clubcard in-store/digital copy tie-in.
I've bought a few DVDs/Blu-rays from Tesco for the kids and now they're on Blinkbox app on their LG player in the family room I don't even have to fish the discs out of the boxes any more. Parent approved.
It certainly shows Ultraviolet how to make a product consumer-centric.
Awaits the Tesco haters...
Re: in-home LTE?
Current EE spectrum is generally in the wall-unfriendly lower end of the LTE spectrum.
Future providers, including BT, will use higher frequencies that are, so they tell us, much more conducive to indoor signal propagation.
Re: Am I missing something?
Because LTE would be seamless and requires no extra selection/authentication, providing you have mobile data enabled on your device
Many people switch wifi off when out and about to save battery, but with a BT LTE 'hotspot' in every router these are still available if you are in range.
Good on Google for pushing things forward.
When you hear of some of the horror stories it's amazing that other major providers don't even offer two-factor auth on their email products.
Yes, the intermittent requirement to authenticate via app or phone call is irritating, especially when you have multiple devices that are in a constant state of flux, but the alternative is far more troublesome.
The main problem is the classic 'explain it to your dear old mum' quandary. How can I express the benefits of the likes of one-time passwords and two-factor auth to her in a meaningful way that allows her to
a) take the benefits on board, and
b) see that they outweigh the inconvenience
And that is before expecting that she'll actually be able to navigate what is, for most people, quite a convoluted process to get it all set up, plus the ongoing maintenance.
Smart TV has a problem
The problem I have with "smart TV" functionality is that it is so woefully slow and unresponsive compared to other devices that we use nowadays.
On my tablet or phone I can start the You Tube app, click through or search for a video and be watching it in under 10 seconds.
Try to do the same on any "smart TV" that I've tried and you've got to navigate the menu system, wait for it to sort itself out, load the (presumably heavyweight Java) app, then try to navigate the UI with the customary 0.75 second lag on the controller/text entry, then watch a spinner/throbber for another 5-10 seconds before the video starts.
Same broadband connection, an order of magnitude longer to get going.
And woe betide if you want to quit watching You Tube and go into Netflix. For that you've got to quit to the beginning and start the process all over again!
Until the devices can offer smooth, easy UIs like Android or iOS then they'll never be adopted in anything like the numbers that manufacturers hope.
Don't get me wrong, I make use of it at the moment but it is far from a pleasant experience, and the annoying thing is that the technology to enable a fast, responsive UI is already in there (if an RPi can do it...), but ignorance/inability/pride/intransigence prevents it being implemented.
Plain English for us dummies?
So, will this mean I'll be able to get 4G on my current iPhone 5 without having to sign up to the laughable 'upgrade' that Vodafone were proposing due to their frequencies not being compatible without a new handset come the rollout?
If so, good news!
If not, meh.
Apple is the Über Troll. Watch the paroxysms of rage and impotence engulf forums across the globe!
Re: Consolation prize...
My guess is Simbu is slightly more au fait with websites devoted to specialist imagery of, erm...'larger' ladies.
The problem is that the BlackBerry market is, of right now, a dwindling user base of corporates who only want security and to maximise any value from their previous BBE investments, and a primarily teen audience who want free/cheap handsets for BBM.
These new handsets satisfy neither group from what I can see. Not cheap enough for the teens and there's nothing that will stop the drift to other platforms by the Enterprise crowd who've now had a taste of sweeter treats elsewhere.
Final nail in coffin? I'm betting BlackBerry will attempt to position these as premium devices and charge accordingly. That, coupled with the limited availability (March/April for US and Q10?) will erode any slim chance they have of pulling this off.
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