182 posts • joined Thursday 25th June 2009 18:27 GMT
News organisations too?
When you say 'realise its commercial value', surely selling ads around topical content counts as commercial?
Re: to answer the headline question
No, this article misses the point, and ignores the difficulty of changing human behaviour.
Raising awareness of all alternatives to unsustainable fossil fuels, by kick-starting initiatives and investment to produce sustainable fuels, of which biofuels and wind power are notable examples, is a 'Good Thing'.
Putting the Climate Change debate to one side - Left to market forces there would be no alternatives until the fossil fuels started to run out - and this is another example of the selfish theft from future generations that we, 'post-Industrial Revolution' humans, will be remembered for.
Nice to be able to comment on Andrew's articles for a change :-)
A virtual machine XP-in-a-box is the future! Clone your old machine and run it on a secure platform .
Linux could finally invade the desktop, as a secure VM babysitter for a legacy powerhouse!
Now, if you could 'slide' the OS and hypervisor (whatever) on to a system, so XP and the user didn't even know, you might have a serious business opportunity. The Window of opportunity is there.
Google Glass anyone?
Then you can have targeted ads and virtual product placement - in your own home/office/whole life!
Clever people make. Clever people break!
If you can use 'processing power' to insert branded crap, it is only a matter of time before someone writes a 'plug-in' that uses your computer and a library of brand images to remove the branded crap and replace it with cute kittens, or whatever.
I stopped reading here...
"3D printing does not represent a pervasive, durable and penetrating transformation of the dynamics and status of manufacturing."
Bullshit for controversy's sake from someone who has probably never tried to 'manufacture' anything other than opinions.
I have has two iPhones, and am getting bored with the iPhone 4 and all the stupid hoops you have to jump through to share things with myself and others. It is actually the Google software running this phone that is tempting me - you can be sure LG, HTC et al. will have similar spec phones out in a few months. I know Google is trying to kill the Android 'brand', but as an OS it seems to have got all the features I want, and is a little more open than iOS, although Google Play seems to be developing Apple tendencies - they just killed an app that let you block ads.
8 cores in a full HD phone! That is still kind of awesome if you are a nerd born in the 60s or the 70s :D
Re: Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8
I just got rid of a trolley full of Dell Mini 10s with 1G RAM running Windows 7 Pro. 10 minutes to boot and load Firefox and Word - 10 minutes! If it were my decision, I would have downgraded them to XP (not allowed), or put Linux on them (nobody wanted that). Replaced them with 5 year old Intel Macbooks - everyone is happy now.
Wintards commence your trolling!
Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8
2GHz or less CPU, with 1G or less of RAM is a functional XP machine.
You are entering a world of pain trying to run 7 or 8 on that spec.
You could always get a nice new Windows 8 box and run XP as a virtual machine cloned from your old system! :D
No touch, but more of everything else, for about the same money
with Retina display
I don't feel like touching my laptop screen very often, despite using a touchscreen phone and a tablet quite a lot.
I could be wrong though, and touchscreen tech could be the future for all computers...
Nice looking machine - can we have it with a cheaper screen, and more built in SSD (just in case cloud based Chrome doesn't work out!) for $500
13" Macbook Pro with the 'retina' display
2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
8GB 1600MHz memory
128GB flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Built-in battery 7 hours
Check out international schools as well
..either for a qualified partner, or as a school IT manager - you get free education for your kids, and often get accommodation thrown in too. Try to find out about UN jobs as well, they have a fair bit of IT, offices word-wide and tax free salaries.
So the headline 'quote' from Jobs is actually made up...
'iPads are toys' is an unlikely statement for Jobs to make years before the iPad was created, don't you think?
I can see how it would be a good headline if it were true, but it isn't. I am guessing the 'toys' he referred to were tablet PCs running Windows, and you know what - he was right. From all the Metro/Windows 8 review I have seen so far, he is still right.
Basing your article on this bit of self indulgent fantasy is actually quite funny, but at El Reg's expense, not Steve Jobs'
It would be a nice new web standard
That renders the site on the server and sends the screen to your device. I think mobile Opera does this a bit, but they do all the rendering. If it was a plug-in for Apache with standard screen sizes, every web server (well - 70% ish)) could also start serving displays up to resource poor browsers who ask for it. Great way to push the same media-rich, interactive sites to everyone.
El Reg is still smarting about Apple's refusal to have any official contact with them
Quite funny really, if a little sad that The Register has to pretend not to care that Apple still snubs them. I bet Apple are really worried that you keep taking digs at them - not!
You do give Apple a lot of free publicity, and their tech gives you a LOT of visitors
Grow up and make friends so you can actually report first hand on future Apple stories, or is that too much to expect from a professional tech news outfit like yourselves?
Like Apple shareholders really need an extra $10 a year profit on every share. It would have been much more interesting if they had funded a Steve Jobs foundation with a mission to make the world better somehow. Think Bill Gates...
Re: Good stuff
And well done for pointing out the annoying black strip of nothing. This also seems to be a 'feature' of Windows phones that has always puzzled me. Real estate on small screens is precious - why waste it?
Re: One flaw
This article is BS. Sure, the BBC wants to launch an iTunes like store for paid downloads - so what?
You already have to pay for BBC shows from iTunes et al, or if you want a DVD copy. One thing you won't pay for is repeats of BBC shows on the iPlayer for a week or so after broadcast, so, no change there then. I wonder if Andrew O. will allow comments again - he doesn't usually.
€5 a month for the Gobal iPlayer is a bargain you can't get in the UK
Plenty enough BBC for me, and the radio is still free.
The idea of charging for repeats is stupid, and I suspect Mr Orlovski just made it up for dramatic effect. Charging for new stuff maybe. I expect the BBC will move toward a subscription model to replace the lost licence fee revenue, but just for non-UK customers - i.e. the other 99% of the world.
Another 'Goldilocks' upgrade - not too little, not too much. Gets your attention without pissing off existing customers.
Meh. Just repost if you're really bothered
This isn't a collective masterpiece , it's a comment forum. Silly or factual errors are part of the life blood, plus they expose the twatdangles who don't read/check their own posts!
I could support a 5 minute 'oh shit!' window of editing opportunity, I suppose, but real life doesn't have that, does it?
What about ratings?
They are everywhere, but little baby vultures, not stars. Yes or no just isn't enough sometimes.
And while you're at it, not picture uploads, but maybe icon uploads?? Aw, go on then, picture uploads as well. Let's have a party!
When was the last time you had a job?
SHOUTING AT THE COMPUTER isn't a job, but every job I've had involved communication, often using internet technologies, like email, websites, forums, blogs and even shared calendars.
It is practically impossible to have a modern professional life without leaving little traces all over the place.
Who's responsibility is it to track down and remove them all if I change my mind about participating in society?
Google are right
Imagine you have an employee who leaves and asks for everything associated with them to be deleted...
"magical and revolutionary"
Doesn't matter how you spin it, sarcasm, quotes around it etc. - the iPad will be seen as a revolutionary product that caused a paradigm shift in computer use, and Steve Jobs 'invented' it.
I have my asbestos underpants on, so flame away, but you know I'm right (unless you have your head so far up your own backside you can't see anything else).
Multiple systems are good
If they are all designed and implemented differently then the chance that they all go down at once is reduced. So in 2020, good Satnav systems will get four sets of data to compare and use as appropriate - cool.
It isn't the phones
This is software that the phone companies add to phones on their network. Probably in the phone software, but it might even live in the SIM card?
The only customer testimonial on their website is from a 'Tier 1 Carrier' saying how much money they save with this monitoring software that 'can drill down to individual users' and provide detailed network traffic data. They use it to decide where and how to provide more capacity and quality of service where it is needed, apparently.
And so it begins...
...but if it needs a court order each time then what is the point (unless it drains the BPI funds!)? And of course, Googling for TPB or entering the IP address directly will still work
200+ million iOS devices out there
in 4 years. That is more than all the playstation 2 & 3 added together. Add in the fact that iOS has brought thousands and thousands of new developers in to the market, and you can see where the thinking of the judges came from.
I'm not convinced...
...that a web app running in a browser app, on a mobile OS (app) is going to offer the low latency performance users prefer - particularly for games. How do they work offline?
If you want social network fabric, think how many internet users use Google search every day.
When they start making you log in to use Google, it could be a game changer - if it's all about ads.
"actively promote homosexuality"
Oh please. Admitting homosexuality exists, is legal, and is the way that some people choose to live, is not actively promoting it.
And support for Wikileaks et al!
Whistleblowers need are the only way the public can turn these tools against the people who abuse them. I actually like the fact that there are systems and people keeping track of extremists (they do exist) to protect the public, but someone needs to watch the watchers, and have protection for flagging abuses of power.
Amazon Appstore is US only
So, I have looked, but I can't touch. And I predict that the new Kindle will only work with the Amazon Appstore.
On the plus side, I see there are nearly 16,000 apps now though, which is progress. It is still pretty poor in comparison to Apple.
Remember that almost none of these apps have been written to run well on a tablet. They are nearly all phone apps
Can I quote you on this?
'This year's IFA turned out to be Apple's tablet Waterloo'
I'm not sure which Waterloo you are referring to, but from where I am looking there still isn't a single viable competitor to the iPad. Most of the
As el reg reported yesterday, of the 1 million Samsung Tabs shipped, only 20,000 have been sold, and Samsung is the maybe the most popular non-Apple tablet.
Let's see if Amazon's Kindle iPad knock off manages to gain traction. Amazon has the content store to rival iTunes, and the cash to sell at a loss, but the Amazon Android marketplace is still a bad joke compared to the Apple Appstore.
Oh, Steve Jobs' other baby, PIXAR, really do make movies, and very successful ones too.
You don't get what you don't pay for
"Acer is pricing aggressively - from €799 (£699), it suggested this week - so the S3 looks set to undercut the Air significantly"
Only $200 more for the entry MacBook Air is not such a huge premium for the original 'Ultrabook' and you get an actual metal body, not silver plastic. Rigidity and scratch resistance are really important for thin, very portable devices if you expect them to last very long.
Owning is different from renting
And you can get a 3 door Golf (5 seats, not 4) with the same engine, same adaptive suspension and leather for less (£23,270 ont he website).
To be fair, you can't have the stop start, but it sounds like it doesn't always work anyway, and must add lots of electrical stuff to go wrong.
auto translate is very useful too. I do end up with loads and loads and loads of tabs though.
UK iPad iPlayer only streams - Global iPad iPlayer can download
It looks good value for €50 a year IF they keep adding stuff regularly. Some sections (Kids) are a bit thin, but lets wait and see how it develops. It is very smooth and slick - much nicer than the web interface IMHO.
Downloading is a really useful option for iPad - I am going to load it up with kids stuff or the next long car trip (glad I stumped up for the 32Gb iPad now!)
It is nice having whole series on there, cos I have often missed an episode with the UK one-week(ish) offering.
Gasp! FOSS is inherently vulnerable...
Because anyone who actually understands human readable code can examine it, and experiment, until they find vulnerabilities. It is definitely trickier, although not impossible, to subvert systems without the source code. Could this be why Google still hasn't opened up the source for Gingerbread?
As a solution, how about Android Pro that is open source and hackable, install-anything, for nerdy types who accept all the risks, and a consumer version of Android that is more Apple-like and locked down for users who are happy with the functionality on offer, and only get access to vetted apps?
Google could even charge manufacturers for the consumer version, with secure access to the vetted appstore, because that kind of ecosystem takes money to run effectively. Android Pro sounds so manly, the nerds might even go for it, as it shows off their l33t status to their mates(s).
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