340 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
All web driven bullshit booms come to an end, eventually.
Re: History says otherwise
My reference to Linux was with respect to its success outside of the desktop. For back end systems, doing the grunt work, it has been wildly successful - thanks to the absence of complex licensing.
I also not it is the OS that runs most of the world's smartphones, thanks to Android.
Re: History says otherwise
I would argue Apple's lack of success in the desktop field, in the 90s, was due more to the lack of a modern OS more than price. Apple is certainly successful on the desktop now, in spite of a an entry cost that is (IMHO) higher than need be.
Back when Apple was being unsuccessful, anyone wanting a modern desktop OS, at a reasonable cost, had a choice of NT, OS2 or Linux. OS9, with its co-operative model of multi-tasking was not really an option, I this respect. OSX was a game changer for Apple, at least for the consumer and creative markets. Outside of the desktop, the big winner has been Linux.
Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed
I'm not sure about the paid bit, but writing anything not critical of Microsoft may well lead to accusations being levelled at you.
Back to the subject at hand, I vote ODF, with a rigorous approach to styles, ensuring that even if you can't make documents look identical across suites, you can at least make the differences predictable and presentable.
Re: Chihuahua TERROR?
Chihuahua vs Sharknado?
Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....
I think the history of these is pretty much inseparable from the history of processor development. They were designed to be modern, multi tasking OSs with the processors, and memory constraints, of the day in mind. There came a point where processors were powerful enough, and memory cheap enough, to run UNIX plus nice graphical front end. That killed pretty much everything else, other than Windows.
I think we're now seeing a similar dynamic with Windows 8.1 vs Windows 8.1 RT. Surface RT may look good but, as Asus is proving, what's the point of RT when full fat Windows 8.1 runs perfectly well on Intel's Bay Trail processors? I suspect RT isn't long for this world!
Re: And ...
"Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions."
Better a few gold coins in an Oxo tin under the bed, than placing one's wealth in the latest web driven bullshit boom.
More likely the UK will license the IP, rather than try to build its own space program from scratch, I think. Unless, of course, there's a joint play with Australia (who have the land and the money).
That's rather silly of him
I'm told that when you're in a minimum security prison, in the US, you count your blessings. His next stay at Club Fed will not be as comfortable!
I suspect they will start blocking VPN services
The commercial services, like Expat Telly, should be easy enough for BT and friends to block, while still allowing access to corporate VPN. Of course, the filter needs to be opted into (or out of) for now, but it hardly takes a tinfoil hat to get to the obvious next step.
As I've commented elsewhere, it appears to be customary to also assume anything with a forum is harmful. I think the Daily Mail herd are in for quite a surprise, when they all opt in, because there is no way this filter will be exclusively used to block sites showing a bit of flesh.
"The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm sites - from the prying eyes of youngsters."
Yeah, right. And if my experience with those morons at Orange/EE is anything to go by, then also anything with an Internet Forum".
I still have the Handspring Visor Deluxe
Lying around somewhere - I must find it. I bought an Bluetooth module for it, and used with an Ericsson T68 phone to do email over GPRS. The T68 remains one of the best phones I've ever owned.
A lot more complex than that....
"Apple also didn't use the ARM chip for their move to RISC when they moved the MacIntosh range to Power instead, again an odd choice for a company said to be the saviour of ARM."
The Power PC decision was part of an unholy alliance with IBM in the 90s, in a futile attempt to thwart Microsoft. This included the object orientated Taligent OS. Power PC was as much about politics as it was about pragmatism (though it wasn't an unpragmatic choice, at the time) .
Re: Touch? Meh.
I'd assume Haswell, like the C720, so perhaps not. It's tempting, but it's time Google built some encryption options into its cloud.
Re: You are not getting upscale regardless of what you want
To be fair to Google, even without an adult OS you should still be able to use it as an in flight typewriter, since the apps do allow offline editing. The Google office apps are more than good enough, for most users.
Hasn't El Reg covered this before?
Complete with the best Reg heading and sub heading ever?
In my experience......
On an Emirates A380, the cost of WiFi is pretty reasonable, at least for a bit of iPad surfing. Calling OTOH is pretty prohibitive - I didn't see anyone making calls.
Re: Original - I had to look him up
But it made me smile. Good luck doing circles on the original tablet.
Re: Better Still
Threaten to behead My Little Pony, live on Facebook, if the Americans don't release all of the Guantanamo inmates,
For the responses to my question. I'll give them a try (both iOS and OSX).
Re: But is iWork any good?
I have to admit, I've eschewed it on my Mac and gone for MS Office instead, though at current prices (even if not free to me) the iWork suite is a curiosity purchase. But is it any good? Everyone went on about how good Google Docs is. It is indeed good, if you want to write letters all day, or perhaps a little light report work (if you don't mind putting in the heading numbers manually). How well do Pages, Numbers and Keynote stack up against Excel, Word and Powerpoint (or even Google Docs)?
Re: Turned our oldest LCD TV into a Smart TV
Yep. Netflix goes through Sony's Playstation Network. I have to enter our PSN password to use it. 4OD and iPlayer OTOH are mostly better using the Smart TV app. ITV Player is, well, ITV Player - that's best watched on the lower res screen of my iPad Mini, so I'm not annoyed by how crap it is on the big screen!
I think El Reg tries to be more like The Sun.....
To this day, I still think
That the best way forward for Nokia was to improve the Symbian GUI to a level where it was simply competitive, and make a play for its own distinct ecosystem. They had the numbers back then. They were also stuck up their own arses.
That's not a complaint about Windows Phone. I carry two Nokia Windows Phone devices (corporate 620 and the personal 720 that I use for local SIM cards when travelling, in addition to my contract Samsung S3), and it's a very competent mobile OS. I wish Microsoft and Micro-Nokia well.
Then again, Microsoft also had a great mobile OS when the iPhone happened (loved my TyTn). They did less than Nokia and Palm! Sad, isn't it? Google went from a standing start while Nokia merely needed to evolve. The wisdom of hindsight strikes again.
I'm in two minds
On the one hand, Apple have built the brand, and buying into that brand isn't cheap. That's fine, but it's a very hardware orientated mindset. The iPad and iPhone might not be commodities, but all the services Apple wishes to sell around them most certainly are!
Perhaps Apple calculates the profits on its hardware will always outweigh anything it can earn by expanding its services to a greater audience but, in the long term, I suspect Amazon will be able to buy and offer the same services (and content) more cheaply. In that sense, I find Amazon just a little bit scary*.
Then again, perhaps I'm in the wrong mindset..... I think services are the wave of the future because. lets face it, you can't beat a bit of money for old rope (at least if it's you that's selling the old rope). In other words, the same principle that made Ross Perot considerably richer than the rest of us. Perhaps in the world of mass market devices, things are changing?
* Because world domination isn't necessarily a healthy thing, at least for the dominated.
Re: Another 3-4 days for me
Always 3-4 days after El Reg breaks the news, for me at least. I'm guessing it's done based on the serial (or other) number of the device.
Battery drainage with lid closed
Surprised you think it's bad. My 20 month old 2011 Air is still more than adequate for one of my 2-3 week business trips, if I forget to power it down before I leave. It might still be good for the 30 days quoted by Apple.
Surprised at the fairly positive reaction
Come to think of it, I'm surprised I don't actively dislike it. Curiosity might just drive me to buy one of these.
We're finally catching up with Africa.
Re: Once again.....
This is where Apple is weak. Not just because of the lack of a stylus, but because you can't change the soft keyboard. On Android, we have Swiftkey, and Swiftkey is vastly superior to Apple's own effort.
The iPad Mini comes out looking the better engineering compromise (at least to me, for what I want to do with a tablet of this side). Then again, I use both OSs, and the Note 8 looks great; an ideal successor to my Nexus 7, notwithstanding the cost.
I'm not sure I see the problem
Back when touch was new, it was revolutionary. Now all we have is variations on a theme. In use, you can expect the Apple interface to be a bit more consistent than those of its competitors, because that is what Apple does well. Likewise, I wouldn't expect any of iOS's more deeply rooted limitations to disappear.
There is one thing I don't get though. Why is skeuomorphism suddenly bad? If its principles were deeply embedded into the application design, then there is risk of inheriting limitations from the paradigms you represent. But in iOS, the skeuomorphism is largely skin deep.
Re: Licence fee
"If you want to know, try watching TV anywhere else in the world and the current "low" standard will be a revelation."
Alternatively, just watch ITV or Channel 5.
Not sure I see the point of RT
It sounded good at first, and the Office compatibility (not to mention built in Office) was appealing. But there are similarly priced Atom based devices on the market, and they run full Windows 8.
As for Windows 8's alleged drawbacks, I haven't tried it enough to form an opinion, but I suspect a lot of whingers who are unable or unwilling to learn and adapt. Feel free to flame.
Re: But they are required
Hardly. What the likes of Google and Apple are doing is still (apparently) legal. Only government can make it illegal, and this can only be achieved through better international tax agreements. The politicians can moralise all they want, but unless they show a little backbone, and stand up for the rule of law, through legislation, then all they are doing is surrendering their own legitimacy to the very corporations they criticise.
Re: That could have been me....
That would depend on the type of data we're talking about (I think). For example, looking at the data consumed, the way the S3 does Exchange Services, particularly is push is involved, seems quite inefficient. Using Onavo Extend, for example, I was able to turn megabytes into less megabytes (but still megabytes) and I suspect the corporate email was somehow bypassing this (Onavo reports zero savings for Exchange Services).
That could have been me....
Fortunately, I was paying attention. At £8 per MB, with no package available where I am at the moment, my S3 pissed away three megs of data overnight, with no benefit to me! I switched off mobile data after that. I never had this problem with the Blackberry or iPhone that came before it. Android seems particularly bad in spite of my best efforts to reduce data consumption.
"– though, in true Wikipedia fashion, that "wisdom" often proved fairly dubious."
What? Is El Reg saying we are not mostly harmless?
How are Apple (or Amazon) acting illigally
If there is no legal obligation for Apple to repatriate profits earned outside of the US, then Apple isn't breaking any law. Tim is right. If the idiots don't like the consequences of the law they are responsible for, surely they should change the law?
Re: Conf calls are what you make them
" Also a conf call seems to head straight to catastrophic meltdown if the number of participants gets anywhere near double figures, while physical meetings of 20 or more are perfectly productive."
They work well for a few participants. They can be made to work well enough for many participants, as long there's a clearly defined agenda, and a chair with a virtual baseball bat and the resolve to keep order.
Besides, in my experience, once you get more than a few people in any type of meeting, the collective IQ quickly ends up being inversely proportional to the number of participants. Small and focused is always better.
"There is an economic argument based on the potential multiplier, and the fact that HS2 is a good old-fashioned bit of Keynesian pump-priming."
Yes, assuming there are not better options for spending the money.
Re: I'm not so sure....
"1) Apple didn't even invent the tablet form factor, there is a substantial body of prior art, including Kubrik's 2001."
That certainly didn't make computing ubiquitous.
"2) The term "ubiquitous computing" appears to be something that Mark Weiser came up with in 1988."
Sorry, I didn't realise anyone had to come up with the idea. There are two words: ubiquitous and computing. You can look them up. When combined, surely you can make your own mind up as to what this means? To me, it means lots of people using computing devices constantly throughout their lives and doing computing type things (i.e. using useful apps and services). The desktop computer didn't achieve achieve this since you can walk away from a desk. Ditto for the laptop since its lack of immediacy detracts from the portability in this respect. The early smart phones didn't make computing ubiquitous because users largely ignored the smart part.
The modern phone and tablet form factor (i.e. the combination of hardware, software and immediacy) OTOH do make computing far more ubiquitous. Who would you like the credit for that to go to? Kubrik? Kay? One of the doers who actually made it happen?
"I sincerely hope that you treat Apples IP as respectfully as you treat IP belonging to others."
What the hell are you going on about? I didn't infringe anyone's IP.
I'm not so sure....
Intel will make some of the components that drive the sixth wave. Apple invented ubiquitous computing with the iPad, though they lack the breadth of Google's vision, which is quite frankly frightening. However, Google's Glass presents more questions than answers. I don't think this kind of clunky technology will be truly useful until we have implants to do the job. Then we will all be assimilated.
BYOD? Perhaps when Hell Freezes over
I struggled through school, further education and then university exams with terrible writing, so I'd not object to being able to type answers to the essay type questions. However, I think BYOD is insane. One way or another, people will find a way to BYOMOC (Bring Your Own Method Of Cheating).
Not sure this is news
The new (and improved) Samsung only app has been out for a while now and has mostly worked fine for me (notwithstanding the fact it is counter-intuitive and won't even exit on pressing back). Hopefully they'll have ironed out the issues by the time they'll let me download it to my Nexus 7.
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