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Alternatively, maybe those 25% are the smart ones.
Considering the 'improvements' Apple has made to, e.g., the book management (taken out of iTunes and into iBooks), the rather large security holes that needed patching, the fact we're already at 7.04, the fact that 7 has become even more of a walled system than 6.x was, may I respectfully suggest the 25% that held off 'updating' to 7 may indeed be the more savvy users ?
Not again !
I wish Apple put as much time, energy and talent into developing their new and existing product line than they do in wording their patent applications so they cover every device and application known to man.
Then they would actually conform to their marketing image. These days, they seem to be putting more energy into retooling themselves as patent trolls with a product lineup that is 10 years old.
The problem with comp sci degrees....
Is that they are not producing computer scientists.
Right off the bat I must admit I do not know the specific state of Britisch Comp Sci curriculae. I DO however know something about technical degres this side of the pond.
And the truth is we are not producing scientists. What we ARE producing is circus monkeys. Graduates are tought specific skills tailored to specific markets. They are tought Java, XML, some C++ perhaps, or even SQL, and some general approaches to coding a solution.
They are however not ought to FIND a solution. They are not given a thorough mathematical and statisctical foundation that teaches them how to solve problems.
Turing was a maths graduate. Lovelace was taught maths by, amongst others, de Morgan. Hopper has both maths and physics degrees.
The graduates we are producing are equivalent to people mounting wheels in a Toyota factory. They'll do wheels in the Volvo factory no problem, but ask them to set valve timing and they're in trouble. OK, it's a silly hyperbole, but you get the point.
Knowing how to write an app does not a computer scientist make.
The flip side is that we never produced very many Turings. Neither did the UK.
To quote Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon...
...my money's on the mutt.
Ah ! This one's for me
Finally a phone that befits my failing eyesight. I will most certainly be giving it a try when the battery on my 4S finally dies, which I estimate to be in a month or three.
Very well done, Nokia, there is hope still.
It looks like the gates still left in the walled garden are being closed one by one.
I also wonder what this 'free OS' is going to do to the thriving enthusiasts corner known as the Hackintosh. In the past these users could argue that they 'bought' the licence and could use it the way they wanted. By giving OSX away for 'free' I imagine things are going to be changing there as well.
The good news is the pricepoint of the new Pro's : I would almost call it 'reasonable'. OTOH it's become an iMac without a screen. You configure it, you buy it, game over. Locked in.
I see a plan emerging here. And it's not for the better
Just to clarify...
He got a message in response to his tweet, asking him to expose Googles antics during the courtcase, effective using it as a soapbox.
Unfortunately, he screwed up the reply and tweeted it, partly exposing the defense strategy.
Just in case you wondered : he's not going to cop to it and do a mea culpa. But you knew this, of course.
Re: Well, I'm not having one.
Well, there is of course import duty, and 21% VAT (which is partly deductable).
II was, however, not complaining about the cost, but about the fact that Apple is charging me a premium for a product that is, quite frankly, no longer top of it's class.
When I got my 4S a few years ago, it was after a truly frustrating time with a 1st generation Galaxy S, and I found it to be an outstanding product. Thes days, however, the 5S offers me very little extra over the 4S bar a tiny increase in screen real estate and a fingerprint scanner.
I'm definitely with Mr. Not Sartacus here. There are much better products out there these days, and for a much more competitive price.
Well, I'm not having one.
The 4S I have has a slowly dying battery, and I don't think I'll shell out 1000+ USD for the exact same phone plus fingerprint scanner.
Apple has innovated itself clean out of my business.
Barmy Army ?
Like in the Exploited fanclub ? I'm going to watch THAT game ! :D
Just don't bring him back...there's nice lads !
It started out well...
But lately it has turned into a pervasive means for google to lob ads at everyone. The thing is bundled with every imaginable piece of software (even Java these days) and the default setting is 'install'.
And Google can try and convince me of their honorable intentions, but after countless incidents of snooping, rifling through peoples mailboxes, and statements by their crypto-fascist leader Schmitt I simply don't trust them anymore,
Maybe they need the extra storage
No thy've bought Nokia they're preparing for all the customers that want to send email forms to complain.
This may backfire badly
This announcement is not going to buy him any goodwill in the nick. The prison management may well decide he is a risk to internal order and incarcerate him in solitary 'for his own protection''.
His lawyer will then argue for cruel and unusual punishment, but the military don't put much truck in what they see as 'civilian bullshit'. At least not here.
He may eventually get a limited pardon for humanitary reasons, but by then he will have suffered greatly.
Hot off the press...
Manning now claims he's actually a woman named Chelsea (eh ?) and joined the army to cure himself of this 'affliction' (sic). There is even an alleged email to his CO about this.
His lawyer (make that HER) lawyer claims his situation is unrelated to the leaking of documents.
Draw your own conclusions.
Trade in value will make it or break it.
Well, it looks like Tesla's got all but one of the boxes ticked now. Range, performance, reliability (if stats so far are to be believed) and safety. What remains is the trade-in value. For me as a business owner this is important, anyway. It is, after all, quite an expensive vehicle, and I need to know what it will be worth after it's written off.
And, unfortunately, I do not have high hopes. Considering the price of the battery pack and the pace at which the technology is still advancing a 4 or 5 year old 100K Tesla may prove to be an unwanted relic .
I'm watching, though.
AND revolutionary. You left out revolutionary.
And lethal cunning...and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope. Or wait...I may be confusing things.
2000 AUS$ a day ???
I'm in the wrong business. WHO did you say was the gold digger ?
Nothing is impossible...
...for those who never have to do things for themselves.
In this particular case, I would recommend first installing an in-sewer-ants scheme against hare-brained schemes.
Einstein famously postulated that a problem which can not be suitably described can not be solved. Let us apply this gem to the above.
What is the problem ? Certain services are deemed so critical to the functioning of society that a large scale failure of said services wil cause untold damage to society.
So HOW exactly will in-sewer-ants protect society against -say- a catastrophic failure of the water supply or electricity grid, for example by terrorist attack ? My guess...not whatsoever. Utility companies may (or may not, if their in-sewer-ants is anything like the ones over here) receive a large chunk of change after a claim, but this money will most certainly not be paid out immediateley, the insurers will go to great lengths to weasel out of coughing up, and all the while the great unwashed masses will still not have their electricity or water supply restored. Receiving a great deal of money will not make new HT masts appear magically.
I would understand mandating critical systems be insulated from non-critical sysems, e.g. nuclear power plants not being attached in any shape or form to commercial backbones. AFAIK this may already be the case. Or water companies be mandeted to invest in a minimum backup water capacity which can be rolled out in a hurry. But money after a disaster ? Not really.
Re: unlimited bandwidth and capless download plans
You are claiming you need a 120 Mb capless internet connection for watching porn ? You must have some serious callousses in odd places.
For the record. I'm not an anti piracy maniac. In fact, I'm not any kind of maniac.
I just find it odd that all these measures that are allegedly put into place to combat piracy always seem to focus on the alleged user, and never on all the companies providing the infrastructure.
I submit that ISP's and usenet providers would record a dramatic drop in high volume subscriptions if the downloading of movies, games, tv shows and the like were taken out of the equation. And hence a substantial drop in revenue.
I therefor equally submit it is the ISP's that are the major beneficiaries of the alleged distribution of illegal content.
It is of no consequence whatsoever what I think about the use, the user or the provider. It is merely a statement of opinion which I think can be supported by traffic statistics.
And I encourage you to disagree by statement of fact. Not, however, suppositions about my character or mental health.
because íf 'facilitating the distribution of copyrighted material should then equally include :
- ISP's who provide access to usenet and streaming services
- You guessed it, Astra, UNS, GegaNews et all
- Makers of torrent utilities
- Torrent indexing websites
etc. Because, let's face it, these outfits actually make money off the illegal distribution of copyrighted material, unlike the lady in the US (What was hetr name ? Whammy or something ?) who shared a few songs or the toddler in Scandinavia that had dad's laptop impounded.
Honestly, and I DO mean honestly, what do all these companies provide unlimited bandwidth and capless download plans for ? Downloading emails ?
But no, as usual they will turn some poor individuals into examples fining them tens of thousands of dollars and possibly putting them in the slammer, while their cronies with the big telco, ISP and related industries continue to line their pockets.
Re: As if anyone with a brain gives a rat's ass about Rush's opinion.
Unfortunately, as with any Gauss curve, the intellectually challenged far outnumber those of a more informed persuasion.
If indeed Mr. Limbaugh's radio programme is the most widely consumed one in the US, the US gets everything they deserve.
I have TRIED to listen to Mr. Limbaugh making a point on his radio show on several occasions, and lost the plot on every one of them after about a minute,
The man no more than a school bully who's been given a platform. You may agree with him or disagree, but he IS going to take your lunch money from you, even if it means beating you up behind the sanitary block. With a few of his 'friends' holding you down.
The verdict has been VETO'd. Must be the first time in what ? 25 years ?
We're missing something here
I'm pretty convinced we've not been given the facts.
If the black helicopter platoons are going to be activated every time someon goes online to research a pressure cooker, the only thing that is going to get cooked is the law enforcement budget.
I'm not buying it. What I DO buy, is a dirty trick by the former employer. WHY did he start going through the search history of a former employee ? This smells of payback.
I suspect the employer was asked why on earth he wanted to examine former employees' computer use, and being fearful there would be privacy issues, he cooked up a plot to explain his sudden interest in someone that no longer worked for him anyway.
So he invented all manner of slip-of-the-tongue, clues and other bull. By the time he finished the poor ex employee was chairman of the worldwide Osama fanclub.
I don't see the point.
I have a cable subscription and an internet connection. This costs me in the region of 60 quid a month.
I can not - for the life of me - discover what Google can offer me that I don't already have.
To make things worse : I am systematically cutting loose all manner of 'upgrade packs' on my existing cable subscription. The reason ? Channels like Discovery, History, SyFy, 13th street as well as more local channels are becoming increasingly unwatchable as 60 minute programs are interrupted 4 or 5 times for commercial breaks. Add the commercials before and after the show and that's 7. SEVEN !
And I'm NOT paying to watch commercials.
Maybe if I could, as some have suggested, use it as a very cheap and compact HTPC solution. But I can pretty much guarantee google will NOT be happy with people buying the cheap hardware but not buying into the expensive content.
I believe this will be a short lived gizmo. At least, I think it will be.
Let's face it.
They don't take workers rights very seriously over there. The only thing they DO take seriously is not getting caught. Hence, they will investigate not who's rights got violated, but who had their name plastered all over the media.
But fret not. This problem will take care of itself. Al this 'workers rights' lark is driving up the price of Chinese labour, and the relatively low investment sectors like fashion are already leaving China because it is getting to expensive and the Chinese are starting to require elementary environmental and worker protection.
I predict the next wave of high-tech assembly plants will be passing China by.
Would price have to do anything with it ?
Here in Europe, a 32 GB iPhone is over 1000 USD (799 Euro) w/o a contract. Possibly the not so spiffy economic climes have some bearing on slowing sales ?
Any outfit that caters to the professional recording crowd zill be able to help you. The only ones I know in the UK are CVP, but I am sure there are many more.
Be prepared for a bit of a shock, though : price range is in the neighborhood of 4000 quid and that's excluding VAT, and then you have to start buying media.
Is lining the regulators pockets going to solve the consumers problem ? They should have ordered the claims honored double time or else. This is just hidden tax.
Allow me to reciprocate
As my business trends and business dynamics continue to evolve, I shall be retiring all Microsoft software starting today.
I will continue to provide testing services to my customers up to June 30 2014, after which time they can sort out their own mess.
In the meantime, I will start migrating my home and company to Linux or Apple. Looks like I have some decisions to make.
Would the Floyd gentlemen then also consider...
I *OWN* two vinyl copies of Dark Side, one standard CD and one remasterd CD. Now, if I want to put it on my iPod, they gather ripping one of the CD's is illegal and I must buy it again on iTunes.
I work for a living as well, gentlemen.
Since I've paid for the same thing four times already, maybe they could give Pandora a gift voucher to play the album 3 times for free ?
Re: Oh dear...
If you're going to be pedantic, it is your responsability to supply correct information.
The speed of the electromagnetic wave is approximately the speed of light in a vacuum. In air, it's not mucj slower. In wires however, it is basically determined by the dielectric constant of the conductor and to some extent of the insulator.
It has, for example, been determined that EM wave speed in coax is in the 65-70% of LS range.
The electron speed, however, is closer to walking speed. In fact, the electrons are more akin to bungling drunk footie supporters than the Millenium Falcon
Have a nice weekend.
Oh dear !
An 800 quid custom bulit infrastructure ! Well, he must be a major drug producer then ! Or at least connected to organized crime if that kind of money is involved .
Are generally associated with large surplus mass being shed. Well done then !
Mein Kampf is many things...
...but Hitlers autobiography it is not.
I've always thought everyone should read it. Preferably under qualified supervision It would immediately put right anyone under the illusion that he was some sort enlightened leader, and expose him for the utterly inconsistent, illogical, ill informed, incompetent, ranting and raving deranged and intellectualy challenged lunatic he was.
I've read Mr. Connor's take on matters with great amusement in the past, but being a professional contractor with about 25 years of experience under my belt (albeit in a different sector) I'd like to issue some friendly warnings :
1. The bulk of HR people ar wholly incompetent and generally have no idea whatsoever about what's an actual job requirement or what the work descritptions acually mean. The just know how to but a few keywords in a text search box to scan CV's.
2. They are just as competent or incompetent as any cross section of the population. It's a gauss curve. Which means 20% are utterly useless, 60% are adequate and therefor not good enough to weed out the top 20% of candidates, and only 20% function on a ;level competent enough to actually do their job above and beyond.
3. For the bulk of recruiting firms : see 1.
4. Things only work as Mr. Connor describes if the HR bods subscribe to the same philosophy as Mr. Connor. However, most of them can't even write 'philosophy' properly.
4. If you have to work for a British manager things are often a lot worse than anywhere else. What passes for a 'manager' in the UK is often someone of ill-tempered, bad mannered and generally boorish conduct.
5. If you feel you must walk, walk.
6. All this 'they may need you more than you think' lark is usually hampered by managers being on the wrong side of the Peter Principle curve. They feel pressured by an employee and react viscerally to being put on the spot. There is NO sure-fire way to determine if your argument, however well constructed, is going to generate the logical response you have imagined it will.
7. Be careful withthis one : some people treat you like crap because they are under the false impression you will not break their face because you are civilized, and all the reasons why they regularly had beaten the crap out of them on high school no longer hold true. And that they therefor can insult you, your parentage and your offspring as much as they like. This is blatently untrue. At least it is with me. There is a line. It is not a fine one. It is big, wide, brash in fluorecent colours lit by 10 kW floodlights. Don't cross it. It will be very painful.
Another fine example of EU meddling.
There's a company I've been doing business with for years. They insist on cash payment. They have no means of electronic payment because they find it drives up their cost and hence their competitiveness.
Europe, however, has declared there can be NO cash transfers between businesses in excessof 3000 Euro (or was it 5 ? I forget).
So I can no longer do business with my valued supplier and have to source more expensive parts elsewhere for fear of having my butt thrown in the slammer on money laundering charges.
Which will, I estimate, affect my bottom line. And quite possibly my bottom.
Why can't we simply get rid of these morons...
To recapitulate :
1. The Apple WWDC starts today.
2. The 7 MAY pertain to iOS 7.
3. You have no clue whatsoever what else may be on the books.
Please refrain from publishing articles like this. You, together with the rest of the world, have no clue whatsoever waht's going on in SF. So please don't make us waste time by reading articles where a calendar would have sufficed.
Re: Democracy Works !
You mean not a single Irish person actually protested ? Well then. On with the show.
I bet none of those 13 downvoters showed up either.
P.S. I've added an alert this time. Although I'm not even sure myself if I was actually joking or not.
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