470 posts • joined Wednesday 17th June 2009 13:33 GMT
Re: Hell no, don't stop using glass!
Zedsquared, that's the problem right there, whilst the marketing material might say it's 30 times harder the OP has reinterpreted that to mean tougher and added his own words in to the marketing statement.
That shows how easy it is to mislead people with the truth.
The marketing also says it's "ultradurable" which means fuck all in the real world, it's not a quantifiable statement like the hardness one.
Re: Frackin MORON JUDGE!
"Actually, he said it was 30x harder than plastic, not stronger, but never let the facts get in the way of a good rant, eh?"
Completely OT, but did he really say it to mean that?
Is that really a selling point unless you plan to use the thing to engrave something, or maybe as a drill bit?
Did he say where it appears on Mohs scale? Presumably around 6/7.
Just wondering what purpose a "harder" phone actually serves.
Presumably that you'll only be able to scratch it with harder materials.
That probably is it thinking about it, a typical marketing thing, say something which whilst accurate is going to be misinterpreted by pretty much everyone and isn't necessarily what a lot of people want.
Apple do marketing well.
I'd prefer durability to hardness, but it wouldn't be good marketing to say it's vastly less durable than this cheaper (albeit not as hard) plastic product.
I hadn't made the link between local/organic before. It's good to know.
I do buy some organic stuff simply because it tastes nicer, like tomatoes that actually have a flavour instead of tasting of water, but I'll not go out of my way to avoid GM or non-organic farming methods.
I also recognise that something that is listed as "organic" could also be GM, but I've no problem with that really, given the quantity of testing that's done (if the fucking hippies don't destroy the test fields)
I've actually thought the opposite was true about the length of time organic foods last, I think they don't last as long, but generally the stuff is all eaten before stuff goes off and there's not much waste in my house anyway.
I agree with you, up until the point you talk about politics and then I begin to shudder.
Unfortunately choices between things that are ultimately crap are sometimes less appealing than not having a choice at all and having something that works.
On the other hand though no choice at all could be considered a parallel for the political situation in North Korea and having several crap choices would be akin to the UK, I know I'd prefer to be born in the UK, at least then I have the choice to leave...
Ah the illusion of control, makes everyone feel good.
Rather than innovate and develop a new lawsuit
Apple have decided to rehash the same tired lawsuit again, with just the model numbers being changed.
Fuck, their legal business model is EXACTLY THE SAME as their technology business model.
I'd like to coin the phrase, and possibly to patent it, actually no, fuck that, it doesn't help the consumer in any way shape or form.
Re: Anders Breivik
Fuck, I've somehow ended up in the daily mail comments pages.
Re: I had an idea, too
They call them patent lawyers.
(thanks for setting that one up so obviously)
Re: What's [sic] with the sick sic?
Fuck me this is a good thread
Re: DRM free movies.
That's far too sensible and obvious, they'd never be able to patent it.
Re: It was the penguin and her cane, that led to my love of discipline.
pre AD -
Would that not be BC?
how about a tablet with a usb keyboard/cover addon?
no problem with dodgy hinges being integral to the product, the hinge goes on the case it'll be cheaper and easier to replace, effectively a modular netbook with added benefit of touchscreen.
Re: $199 (£126)????
I was thinking the same thing, which will probably result in something similar to the samsung galaxy tab 2 7", the toshiba thrive 7 or the Acer iconia A100
Probably a tegra 250 with 1Gb RAM, 8Gb SSD, 1280 x 800 screen or thereabouts.
I look forward to it.
I've been looking a lot at tablets and from what I can gather the Tosh tablets seem to be very well spec'd and perform well in comparison with others, but they suffer from a shorter battery life than most, it'll be interesting to see what the reviews say on this one.
Entirely fictional Money
I'm fairly sure my brother-in-law Dave has downloaded about £2.4million worth of stuff that he wouldn't actually buy, in fact I'm fairly sure he only actually uses/watches about 1% of what he torrents.
I don't get it myself, I just don't have the time to look for stuff that I'm never going to use or watch just for the sake of downloading it.
Re: Shirley not
I'm not going to disagree, but I've only worked with 2 or 3 women who actually do anything related to IT, one's a great linux admin, one does a first rate job as a support analyst and one works leading our testing. The trouble is, they're the exception rather than the rule, all the other women I've worked with and known just don't want to get involved in the technical and it's far easier for them to get administrative jobs, or even easier sales & marketing.
I don't know whether that's as a result of the existing male dominance or whether it's as a result of female predisposition to those sorts of roles.
For the same reason I don't know whether little girls are predispositioned to like pink and hence there are vast numbers of pink products marketed to little girls, or do little girls like pink because everything marketed towards them is pink.
Re: It's a font...
@Ragarath that's a seriously good spot. I had not noticed until you pointed that out.
Your comment is rendered in a font where it's actually impossible to see the difference, there is a slight difference in this new font, but you have to look closely, which kind of breaks it in my opinion.
It also makes a mockery of Magnus_Pym and his comment about specific characters being visibly different.
I award you a Big brother icon for observation.
Re: Source Code
I was thinking the same thing, this development should surely be restricted at least, the code should be protected and developed in a controlled environment within this countries boundaries by cleared personnel.
Big brother should be watching this, but they seem more concerned with intruding on civil liberties.
Re: Er, iPads?
Hey Micky (you're so fine), I understand that not all special needs kids are clumsy careless people. However some kids with violent behaviour disorders will not treat anything with respect, and you're proposing it's a better idea to give them a £400 iPad than to give them a ruggedized tablet.
I think it's a bad idea to give any kids that sort of equipment, whether they're in a wheelchair, on crutches, are in a coma or totally hyperactive.
I was a kid once too.
So no I'm not insinuating that ALL special needs kids are clumsy careless people, just that some of them aren't going to respect anything they're given.
You also seem to be suggesting that IT folks shouldn't have an opinion on what IT equipment should be used in a given situation.
You know that a lot of IT folks have experience of gathering a set of requirements and making a recommendation based on those requirements right? And that those IT folks will have a far broader knowledge of available technology than that of the average "skilled professional" (or case worker)
Re: Er, iPads?
Further to the other comment about "why iPads?", wouldn't kids in schools and in particular Special Needs kids actually be better off with something a bit more rugged? I'm pretty sure that nothing about the iPad is actually unique apart from maybe the price.
Also I'm not a huge fan of the whole locked in OS thing, in my opinion the Apple strategy is worse for the consumer than the whole MS strategy, at least when you bought a PC with a MS OS installed you could still get support for the hardware in the event you replace the OS.
Re: so it does install files?
That's what this version does.
What about the version that they haven't found yet, which just lives in RAM.
If it's pervasive enough then the botnet could just run in RAM.
And then when the JVM's die so too does that part of the botnet, so the body is dumped, no evidence.
Re: My faith in humanity has been destroyed
I think part of the problem is that it's not even a Friday, let alone April 1st.
I did get slightly confused and disorientated in the 4th dimension when I read this, I did find it funny though.
And because I'm still slightly disoriented, have a drink, it's some day in the week, the future is happening as you read this, the weekend approaches.
Re: Yer a bit previous, lads
The date format is also entirely logical, or at least more logical than the US format.
Reading from left to right the magnitude of the figures increases, day, month, year.
What's the logic behind the random sequence in the US format?
A more useful format I find is usually the reverse : year, month, day.
So how different is posting on a blog to posting on a forum?
Will we see a return of the Moderatrix? Or at least a return to the dark ages between the new "free post" system and the Moderatrix.
This means we'll need an edit button.
You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means
Re: Ten quid
You say it as a joke, but I've seen it happen, it was about 6 months after a go-live and the DB server went bang.
There was no archive policy and they simply hadn't designed in any cleanup process.
The solution - bigger disks, worked for a bit.
I'm guessing maybe that the downvotes and the subsequent reply didn't get the reference.
It's Team America : World Police
They already are
But only if the "house" is outside America.
If it's inside America and pays it's taxes then it's fine.
They call it protectionism and they say that people shouldn't do it.
I'm guessing they mean that people outside of America shouldn't do it.
Re: Commentard is OK, Freetard not so much
Why do you think that?
Freetard and Paytard are antonyms and are used by el Reg fairly regularly, if they are snide labels then at least el Reg is slinging mud in all directions, what you might call balanced journalism.
If all are treated equally in such a way then how can it be derogatory?
Biting the hand that feeds IT and all that.
They've kind of buggered themselves up there too
It's not like Apple can actually go for anything similar because of the precendent they themselves have set in their litigiousness, iPood, Driphone & Pad to name but three.
Re: imagine if they had been....
We probably would not have heard about the story unless maybe we lived in Asia and they reported it in the Asian press, never having been there I assume they have newspapers and the like.
I'm not sure why you'd expect to hear about incidents involving Americans and Asians in the European press?
Similarly, I had a friend who mentioned that during the reporting of the Costa Concordia incident that the numbers breakdown mentioned Spanish, British, Italians etc. the rest of them were apparently Asian.
I would expect the Asian press to break it down similarly, so there were Chinese, Korean, Indian etc., the rest were from somewhere else.
I think you may be a British with Asian origins or an Asian living in Britain who's a bit disgruntled about the lack of Asian reporting, don't take it so personally, it's just a different part of the world.
The money is real
The money comes from the purchase of virtual items with real money.
Zynga is a top provider of freemium games. If you're not sure what freemium is then google will help.
I'm not entirely sure that their valuation is based entirely on genuine currency though.
Zynga valued at roughly $7bn, from what I can gather FB take a 30% cut (the Apple model) of transactions made on the site, so 30% of what Zynga makes is 12% of what FB makes.
If you go with the simplest of maths and use some poor logic still favouring facebook two and a half times the valuation of Zynga, roughly a fifth of the $100bn valuation.
I don't trade, but I have been on facebook and got bored of Zynga games so I find it interesting that they come up with these astronomical numbers.
I'm guessing the rest of the revenue comes from other freemium games, advertising and probably some "goodwill" which from what I can gather is a proper "virtual money"
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