1343 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Why are there still supply problems? Perhaps the Chinese worked ants can't put them together as easily as iPads and Android tablets?
A good way to send potential customers in the direction of IOS and Android is got the store to say, 'Sorry, we may have some next month.'
They will vote with their wallet and buy something else.
Perhaps the new CEO in Redmond might like to read up on what happened to the Ford Edsel.
Just like Google in the UK then?
Given their stance on doing business here from servers in Eire yet all their sales droids are here and paid fron Google UK Plc. (same goes for MS, Adobe and a host of others)
As another post says, it is beholden on the various governments to fill in these loopholes. But given the size and number of 'potholes' in my area that will be a long time coming.
This is despite it not requiring many brain cells to realise that the income from the dodgers could be used to fix a lot of the damage we have seen from the winter.
An clear example of unconnected thinking by Governments can be seen in San Francisco. Google subsidize travel for low income children yet are taken to task for bussing their employees to work thus recreasing road congestion.
Re: Hello Grandad!
Funny that you criticise me for choosing to get rid of the crap Android release (2.3) on my phone and instal something a lot more usable and free from the HTC installed crap.
As for the warranty, the phone was almost two years old. I discovered that there were some 'oddities' in the bootloader that cause the bricking. An older version of the same phone had the same operation done by me and it worked perfectly.
The HTC crap I talk about is things like Facebook and twitter apps that can't be deleted or even stopped from running.
There are a lot of really poor Android phones out there. The race to the bottom on price will in the end hurt the Android brand.
As I said, I use an iPhone because it is a company phone. I could use my own phone for company business but there is no way I can reclaim the cost of calls made on my own phone because a company phone has been offered to me. Even the most rabid fandroid can see that it makes sense to use the iPhone and save myself money.
Like it or not (and you probably won't like it) the iPhone is that standard by which other phones are measured. So what is a gazillion Androids are sold for every iPhone. A good number of those Android devices will never, ever be able to use 4G let alone anything higher spec'd.
I'm far from a cool person. More like Grumpy old git if you ask me. I use an iPhone because it is my company phone. For personal use I have an old non smart Nokia.
I have to admit that from my limited experience, the iPhone does everything I need it to do OOTB whereas I was always fighting with my Android Phone. In the it bricked itself when trying to load an updated cyanogen release. I am sure a top of the range Samsung would do just as well as the iPhone but it really does not matter to me as long as the device does what I want it to.
But hey, don't let realism cloud your hatred for Apple.
Re: BBC 3
About the same as the average 'Red Top' reader then?
Mines the one with a copy of Plato in the pocket.
Re: I have three information classifications
There I was listenting to Trout Mask Replica on the train today. A 'youf' asked me what the cool tunes were. I tried to explain about CB and the Music of that era.
Cool stuff, more than can be said for what MS is offering in Office these days. As for Sharepoint..... [redacted] [redacted] and more [redacted].
My last company tried to get us all to use Yammer. Lasted about a week. UI was to put it bluntly crap.
Within a month no one was using it.
Where are the Comparison Benchmarks?
You know the ones agains Crucial and Samsung?
The price of this device is close to that of the 960Gb Crucial device. Can any extra performance justify the higher price or is it Intel trading on its name?
Being nowt more than Vapourware. When it gets hot the clouds just evaporate.
Supplier delays shipments of kit to buyers.
Hardly news is it?
Oh wait.... Apple is the supplier. Hold the Front Page. Time to slag off Apple (again).
The MacPro is kinda cool looking and is sure to spawn a load of imitators. But this is Apple so they don't innovate do they? Aren't they just a Foxconn re-badger?
Seriously El Reg, can we have some real IT News?
viz less on Flash Suppliers but more about stuff that matters to the majority of the readership
The numbers are that bad
Just think how many people bought the new iPad during the week of its release.
Those numbers really puts the MS numbers to shame.
Yet, you go into the main UK retail chain for computer kit and all you see is windows 8 devices. mosyl cheapo laptops and there, MS falls down again. their tablet devices that were any use (that rules out the -RT line) were simply far too expensive.
MS failed because they (IMHO) tried to present a seamless brand over all the platforms. Unless the tablets with intel chips were cheaper than the laptops then I reall think the writing was on the wall.
Apple differentiates between IOS and OSX so there is a gap in the user perception of the different platforms that Apple offer. Big difference and a huge difference is shipments.
That leaves the question, where next for MS?
What can they do to ship more kit against the Apple/Android behmoths?
not an easy question to answer and one that must be on the top of the list for their new CEO.
Dropping Metro/Modern from laptops/PC would be a simple step to differentiate the platforms. It may not be enough in the long term. Popcorn anyone?
Still far too slow
for a modern DSLR.
Even the highest speed SD card is around half the speed of a CF card.
My D800 can take both. Even with the fastest available card in both slots eve it farily slow max FPS the cards can't keep up. I'm splitting the RAW to the CF card and the JPEG to the SD card.
RAW + Fine JPEG == 80Mb every time I press the shutter.
Get the SD write speeds to to that of the new CFAST standard and I'll applaud you.
They might reduce the cost of the OS
but will the manufacturers put anything but a crappy 1366x768 screen in the devices?
There are low cost higher res screens out there but there seems to be a total fixation at the low end that this is the only resolution screen they should supply.
I bought a 200x Dell Inspiron 9600 for 100 quid off Ebay a couple of months ago. Works perfectly once I'd cleaned the crap out of the inside. 1920x1200 screen. Sure it has only a 1.8Ghz Single core CPU but it plays HD movies ok so why does it need anything else for simple web use?
Makers could if they have half a mind give up the screen res at the expense of a core or two. I'm sure the end result would be a lot happier customer.
Naturally a lot of people will ditch the Monstrosity that is Windows 8.x and put a decen OS on in its place. Slackware anyone?
So when it goes down
we can call it One Dead Drive instead of Skyfall/Skyfail?
Ok, I'm going.
£2.00 a minute here
on Vodafone India and I'm a customer on their network in the UK.
The sad thing that getting a PAYG sim here is harder(more beauracratic) than getting my Business Visa for the place.
I requested my Indian phone a week ago and it still has not materialised!
Sill I'm flying home for the rugby at Twickenham on Sat. Then I'll be in the Pub down the road for a beer ot five.
Suddenly old jalopies double in Value
simply because they don't have this always on, always sending data to GCHQ feature.
Then on the other-hand,
Suddenly old vehicle become more desirable targets for the thieves because they don't have auto-kill switches that the obvious next step for this tech is to have that built in.
Didn't pay your council tax, tough you can walk to work because the council will disable your car until you pay the outstanding plus a £500 release fee.
It will happen unless there is a revolution.
But the question is,
Who's next on his Radar?
Will they have the balls to standup to this carpetbagger?
I hope that whoever is his next target sticks it to him and he loses a packet on the deal.
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
Shortest Support Cycles ?
Ah, you must be one of those that think that Ubuntu=====Linux.
I have news for you, it is NOT the case.
There are other distros that don't throw all their toys out of the pram every 6 months.
A simple search will tell you what they are. I could tell you but it would be a waste of energy.
Re: But a big trusted partner like Microsoft....
Apple have a much wider appeal than the so called 'style over substance' brigade.
I used to support a friends family XP system. Frigging nightmare if truthe be told.
They now run a OSX on a Mac Mini and my support calls have dropped fantastically. The whole family use it and wouldn't revert back to Windows.
I use OSX for my personal use. I get a lot less problems with general use than I ever did with Windows. I have to use Windows 7 for work and it is a PITA because of the corporate build we have to fight against on a daily basis. It is little wonder that once we got VMWare installed on it we only use Windows 7 as a launcher for our work system of choice, mine being CentOS 6.5.
The facility in AZ is going to make ONE component of a Phone/Tablet/whatever. The headline gives the impression (I guess deliberately done to anger the Anti Apple brigade) that Apple were going to make more iDevices. Having the capacity to make more of one component of a device does not and cannot imply that they are gonig to make more devices in total.
The facility in AZ is unproven. We have no idea of its yield yet. What it 40% of what it produces is unusable? That may make the facility perfectly matched to the actual device output.
Another step in the race to the bottom that pretty well all IT Journos are engaged in these days.
Please go and sit on the naughty step and recite 1,000 times, I need to research my posts a lot better in future and not just replicate a bad article posted on 9to5mac.
Re: a bit on the steep side
The problem is that Apple would have competed with other Tablet vendos on this contract.
The size of it means that the contract would have had to be advertised on a European Wide basis.
The award of the contrat would also be subject to vetting by the UK PAC, the London Assembly and the Mayor of London.
I very much doubt if Apple 'bunged' anyone on this.
If any bungs were paid it would have been the managing contactors such as Crapita. Apple is merely a supplier to them. There are very fat margins on that part of the contract.
Not a Dos/DDos attack but
devices with this will clearly be the target of the 'I've planted a virus/trojan/whatever on your PC. Pay me $$$$$$$$$$ or I'll brick your phone' scum.
The Laws of unintended consequences are wonderful things. Ignore them at your peril.
Being serious for a moment, it seems that devices that are in the Apple & MS walled gardens are much less prone to this type of hack than Android devices. I'd really love to be proved wrong here.
With every 'choice' of AppStore, there comes a risk.
Re: those typewriters have monetery value dont you know...
Exactly. Rather difficult for the likes of GCHQ/NSA and Google to slurp data from a typewriter.
Re: Well, they are doing one thing differently
Yes they are making a profit but for how much longer.
I only use it (from a dedicated VM) to check up on potential recruits but even that use is becoming less relevant.
Like FB, Twitter, LinkedIn is a fading fad. Long may the decline continue.
Beer O'clock. Yeah!
I am on business in the US and my laptop goes phut.
I buy legally a new laptop running Windows to use for the remainder of my visit.
I legally declare said laptop when I bring it back and pay all duties etc.
BUT I can't sell that laptop because Microsoft says that if I do I am breaking their copyright?
There is only one answer to that ---> (See icon)
to be dropped on every MS office in the world.
They proclaim to be an international company?
Re: ChromeOS is a dealbreaker
Some good points especially about the NUC. The NUC has one great disadvantage, and that is its price.
Intel seem to want to charge 'Apple' prices for it.
I priced one up to use as a silent web server to replace an aging EEEBox. It was just getting silly when compared to even a basic laptop.
Back to this device. The amount of onboard storage with a decent speed is frankly pathetic. Sure you can connect USB3 devices externally but surely that defeats the object of a device like this in that everything should be contained within the packaging. Even the latest 160Mb/sec SD cards are still too slow for a lot of purposes. They are also a lot more expensive than SATA or MSATA SSD's (per Gb)
IMHO, neither this device nor the NUC are hitting the sweet spot. For that they get a fail, could to better.
Ah, that will be the MS Turtleneck
That requires activation in order to get it over your head.
The one that gets threadbare very quickly and needs patching every first tuesday of the month...
etc etc etc
If 'he needs to crack the web'
is his top priority then MS is in deeper do-do that any could have imagined.
This is so, 1995/96/97.
He really needs to get rid of the dead wood at the top of the various groups that seem to do nothing but fight each other. Perhaps then they'll be able to change and mode forward.
no, I'm not interested in being their CEO. I was married to a Microsoft staffer for a long time. She left because they couldn't get anything done.
Re: I got no life
Not even some 'Second Life'?
Coat, with a copy of 'country Life' in the pocket.
Re: What a load of boring rot
I bet you all have blogs where you complain about the narcissism of posting on Twitter and FB too.
No we don't. So who's speaking a load of old rot now? Don't answer that or it will get censored.
Re: What a load of boring rot
Phooey My JDX.
some of us made a positive decision NOT to get involved with FB, Twitter or anything else like it.
I have other things to do in my life besides constantly checking who has said what about someone else or what they had for breakfast or one of a gazillion inane things. Frankly, Id rather watch paint dry than use those forms of social media.
To use an Americianism,
Perhaps you might like to get out of your Mom's basement from time to time. There is a real world out there that existed long before FB and will exist long after FB is dead and buried.
But if you like FB Mr JDX then great. Get on with it. I won't see you there in a million years. Each to their own. C'est la vie.
Once upon a time
You used to get a full set of schematics with your computer.
My how times have changed. For the better, Not!
Donkeymen more like.
Honestly who believes this lot of jerks any more?
Come in right on estimate - Get hammered for not exceeding estimates
Come in above estimate - Get hammered for being at the top of a bubble.
You can't win with this lot of lowlifes.
SF Local gov really don't like Google do they?
First they slap a fee on for stopping the buses taking workers to the Chocolate Factory for having the nerve to stop at public bus stops.
Then they are telling the Google Barge, 'get out of town'. Well, it does look as bad as the ugly duckling so that line from the song seems appropriate.
What is next in the war between the two?
So he's started a crusade against phone freaking? Welcome to the last century or perhaps he has been reading this
either way, this evil is hardly at the top of people thoughts these days. Let him spend his time solving something that really isn't important today.
So that the CEO can fiddle
while the company burns $$$$$
Would you care to explain why you made that statement?
What has Apple got to do with the upheavals inside Dell?
Even more storage for the NSA to suck out precious data from.
Why don't these 'boffins' put more energy into making our data more private from the likes of the NSA/GCHQ and Google?
Re: Pics? Specs?
Hold your horses there. It isn't Beer O'clock yet (at the time of posting) unless you were working before dawn.
But when you do. have one on me. This is my last day of 'no booze for Jan'. Tomorrow I'll be really enjoying my first pint of the year.
Google has ads?
I didn't know that.
Adblock and its ilk to the rescue.
I fully expect that there are trolls at work in the Chocolate Factory trying to make the ads appear despite tools like Adblock. When that day comes, my use of the internet will fall dramatically.
I hate frigging adverts of any kind and on any media. Tivo to the rescue!
All Politicians are liars
Just watch them lie every time they open their mouth to speak.
He'll be wondeing about
'tonic' coloured suits soon.
mines the Parka with 'The Who' in felt tip on the back. Perfect for my LI-150 and the commute to work. :)
Re: Has anyone got some insight into..
In case you hadn't noticed prices in the consumer SSD market have fallen recently
For example the Crucial 960Gb 2.5in SSD was £450 approx. Now you can get it for around £350.
I guess you are looking for it to tumble to £30 or thereabouts for a 1TB device.
Re: At least you had the honesty...
Nah, he probably drives an Audi Q whatever.
Especially that 63 plate black Q5 that tail-ended me on the A3 as Tolworth last week. The driver complained that her child was kicking the back of her seat and that she couldn't see me. I was driving a WHITE Transit van that had just been washed. Plod was not impressed. Now were the rental company that supplied me the transit.
Skoda drivers wish they were driving a VW
VW drivers would rather be driving an Audi
Audi owners cry becuse they can't afford a Porsche
Porsche owners would rather be pushing up the daisies than be seen driving anything else.
Re: Yet another reason *not* to have a "smart" phone.
You can have a modern 'shiny-shiny' phone but:-
1) just switch off all location services
2) don't install any extra apps
3) get rid of apps like Twatter and Facebook.
4) Use the phone just for Phone calls and texting plus simple apps like calendars.
5) Don't sync it with external systems under any circumstances.
6) and a few more that I can't think of.
Then start to monitor the traffic your phone sends over your wi-fi. you will seen see who it is 'phoning home' to and take appropriate action.
Once you are happy with that then you can move about society with a shiny-shiny smartphone just like everyone else.
Me? I'll keep using my Nokia 6310i until I can't get batteries for it any more.
Re: HP Servers?
No it was the one from 'Grace Bros'
The Microsoft Tax on each and every android device.
Google are not the only winners here.
The terms that Samsung offered weren't to Apple's liking. Who knows apart from the teams of lawyers trying to get one over on the other lot. Corporate Lawyers tend to have even bigger ego's than their clients.
now that De judge has ordered them to get together we may see an agreement.
This site http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-49/product_id-156/cvssscoremin-2/cvssscoremax-2.99/Apple-Mac-Os-X.html
Indicates 76 vunerabilities.
Would you care to share where you got your figures from? I am sure we'd all like to know so that we can make our own mind up.
Re: Good... But what if....
He turns his attention to your pet country next? What then?
Don't count your chickens and all that.
Personally, I hope he comes a cropper just so that he thinks long and hard about this 'raping and pillaging' of companies in the future.
He has already urned his attention to Ebay. Who's next? Google perhaps?
It could all end in tears.
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