19 posts • joined 2 Jul 2009
Re: Not nearly as exciting...
IIRC, Dorothy was a little girl who liked singing and had a likkle dog called Toto. Which is where Twister got the name from.
I have a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
Just had the misfortune to read El Reg without my usual browser.
Without any adblocking, popup blocking, script control, cookie control and all the rest I never realisedsee what a mess the unfiltered site is.
And El Reg is 'one of the better' sites.
How the hell do people browse the internet tubes without protection?
Re: Straightforward enough
No way, dummies are far more useful.
Except in this case they changed the rules to get less.
"erm... The article says that they've increased the number of customers they have and that the drop in revenue is down to regulation. How does your comment have any bearing on the article?"
Even if the customer numbers are up the extra customers have not generated enough extra cash to offset the lost revenue from call termination charges being limited.
No one knows how many customers are on 4G. But as EE are not boasting about the 4G uptake it is a safe bet that the uptake is not all of the new customers.
So it could follow the reason might be the massive cost of the contract and the low data allowance on a system that is designed to maximise data flow.
So yeah there was some relevance there.
I know I won't be paying EE prices for 4G. But that is just my opinion (Anecdote).
Re: Atom still lives on
Much of the Netbook's demise was down to manufacturers sticking WinXp on the thing. Not that WinXP was bad. More the licensing restrictions from Micro$oft around WinXP and Netbooks limited the hardware it could run on.
But the price was good and cheaper Windows Netbooks meant competition for the Linux Netbooks. An opportunity missed for Linux? For sure, but the manufacturers were their own worst enemy. Weak OSs and/or weak hardware. Xp was always going to clean up. Box shifters loved it 'cos the punters knew XP and were happy to blow a couple or three hundred quid on Windows Netbook.
WIth Win7 those hardware restrictions are gone. Along with the 'competitive pricing' that was available with XP on a Netbook. So no more cheapo power efficient Netbooks.
Re: Stuck between a rock and a hard place?
For years I have deleted all cookies when the browser closes. Not going to change now. So the Reg nag bar comes back every time I log on and visit. Getting pretty pissed off with it I must say. To the point of not bothering with this site any more.
Not just El Reg, same goes for the BBC sites with the stupid big header bar.
For fecks sake, informed consent is one thing, but pissing your visitors off is another. Even is you are making a point.
Re: re: Why is it
The wholesale of books is like paying for a bunch of licences, buy 10000 for a fiver each. Sell em for whatever you want. But don't sell more than 10000. No different to selling physical stock.
Publisher gets his cash and Amazon carry the risk if the book flops.
The agency model is the publisher saying sell the books for what we say or you can't sell em. If they supply them in lots of 1 or 1000 or 10000 it makes no odds. The publisher is forcing everyone to sell their books at a price they decide.
If the seller and the publisher get together and split the final selling price to the consumer they then have a vested interest in keeping the price high.
Hope this helps.
Re: @ dogged - Apple wants
I think you have the wrong people in Secret backroom agreements.
The way it really happened was Amazon bought the books from the publisher for a wholesale price. Amazon then set their own price. High or low, it was Amazons choice. The publisher already had their money and it made no difference to them what price a book was sold at.
Now Apple lets the publisher decide the price and split the proceeds. It is in both parties interest to keep the prices high. More cash is a hell of an incentive to do a deal with Apple. More so when you can then force other retailers into the same deal or face being cut off from new books.
Bending over for Amazon? The only people bending over for anybody are the general public.
Nights at the Opera
No surprises then.
Chrome is fast and slick, FIrefox isn't. IE has a very patchy past, Chrome and Firefox less so. Safari is the mobile browser of (Apples) choice, iPad/iPhone. And Opera is like the relative no one talks to but everyone has heard about.
And it will probably continue the same way unless Firefox gets it's collective finger out or Opera & IE get rehabilitated in the publics mind.
Part of my job is compatibility testing. I use Opera, IE, Safari, Chrome and FIrefox to test sites and web apps and in reality there are no really bad browsers anymore. Trouble is Firefox has been getting progressively worse over the last 2 years.
Each new version seems to introduce new problems without fixing the old ones. Firefox on Mac and Windows has become what IE used to be, slow, bloated and buggy with slow rendering, stuttering performance, memory leaks, lock ups and slow loading.
So what to use? Personally I don't entirely trust the Chocolate factory to do no evil (let alone not track my web movements) so Opera on the Mac and IE on Windows it is.
(Seeing that in writing makes me want a shower!)
Couldn't even get to the Reg article. Our firewall said NO! in big shouty letters and said why the article was blocked, PORN! and said it would tell tales on me to the computer men.
Good job I am the computer men.
Two minor points.
First up, "Even my 50MB was never managed - the upload was throttled when the moved me upto the 5MB upload back in March (brough back down to 1.75Mb/sec)" means what?
Throttling your upload speed is NOT traffic management? And BTW, this is the same policy Virgin apply to 100MB. So that would be managed too. Exactly as I said before.
Taken from Virgins website. http://shop.virginmedia.com/help/traffic-management.html
Point two, in true VM style, they are not telling you what 'high' usage will trigger this (non) management. Bear in mind 100meg is only todays headline grabber. Remember unlimited broadband? Became unlimited to a Gig a day. Just like 10Meg became the tightarse tariff not worth supporting.
When I look into your future I see you bending over, grasping your ankles while Virgin explain the latest 'upgrade' to your T&Cs
And I see beardy is on the VM website oozing beardy love to anyone who will listen.
Until Virgin get their act together and support anyone who buys their services and not just the £50 a month peeps they can keep their wonder products.
Lower Value Punters?
I had phone and BB from Virgin. They jacked up the price twice this year, That'll gets the ARPU up a bit. But only if the tight wads stay.
Did they stay? No, 36000 punters say sod it and Virgin reckon they are better off without these lower value punters. Even if these cheapskates had just BB/Phone like me that is 990000 quids every month! Nearly a million quids a month?
Might have been better to get them on board and sell more to them. But you can't do that by shafting your customers with higher bills and providing shit service to the skinflints. This will not entice these tight sods to shell out more money for a 'better'/faster service.
Just for info, the difference between 10 meg and 30 meg on Virgin is 5 quids. (Or 37%) And you need a Virgin phone to get this rate. 7.50 quids difference if you don't want the phone. But the phone is 13 quids a month. And the call connection costs are higher than the competition. Traffic management applies to all packages up to 30 meg, (see Virgins T&Cs) 50 meg is unmanaged downstream, managed upstream and excludes file sharing which is managed separately. On 100meg you get unrestricted up and down data, apart from the file sharing. Yup this is managed.
All recovered from the convoluted serpentine mess that is the VM website, today.
I don't use Virgin any more.
Chill out guys, non story in the making!
Apple issue a memo (Sez the bloke from M$) telling support not to tell users they have malware on the machine. So what, they don't, the problem is a scam site. You need to reassurance and help and the Genius Bar staff happily tell you how to avoid the issue.
End of the Apple story.
You want to blame somebody? OK, Did you sign up to the scam, give em money or install software? YOU did?
Well YOU did it, not the computer, not the manufacturer of the computer or the OS or the fairies at the bottom of your garden. But YOU.
If you believe giving money to some random twat you've never heard of from the interwebs who took control your computer, scanned it and now tells you how to fix a problem you didn't know you had then that is YOUR problem.
Efficiency? Yeah right!
Comparing Apples and Nokias?
Apple goes from nothing to iOS 4 in the same time Nokia takes to put a nice dress on Symbian. And does it with less Developers and R&D cash too. Gotta say that looks pretty efficient to me.
Nokia trashing their own OS and buying into Windoze mobile don't strike me as being more efficient. They have become just another box maker with the same software as the rest of the Windoze crowd.
Nokia handset design might save the day? Even if the box looks as sexy as a sexy thing I can' see anyone paying a premium price for it when it fires up into the same Windoze interface you can get elsewhere for a lot less. (If Nokia have any good box designers left?)
Reskin the interface? Now you have a sexy box with a polished turd inside.
Bad move all round.
Faxes are more secure than e-mail?
But you need to be able to up-spec the Gen 2 device. In Apple Land iPad2 will have a camera. (And a price hike).
And will be new and improved ;o)
"It remains to be seen just how iOS-y Mac OS 10.7 Lion turns out to be, and how much Apple values its relationship with its devoted professional base."
Making Lion iOS-y is not beyond the bounds of credibility. Apple don't care about any one but Apple. The bottom line is god and if worshiping this god means locking the OS down, so be it.
As for Apple's devoted professional base, ask the professional Java Developers using Macs how loved they feel right now.
If, (when) the OS lock down happens, the pro users will have to go where the pro app developer goes.
And the pro developers will move on. But I guess that won't be to a fragmented Linux market. So get used to working with Windows.
The rest of the professional IT world that uses Macs use small but essential apps that will probably fall foul of the Apple App Inquisition. We will move to something else just to get those tools and apps without having to waste our time hacking about with the system. So Linux for me.
And none of this will bother Apple. There will be many more consumers drawn into the Apple world than pros leaving it. The profit god will be happy and so will Apple.
Steve Jobs looks more like the Big Brother Apple warned us against all those years ago.
Anyone got a hammer?
@ Iain Thomas
'S Not really an issue. You can specify the device type to block, or at least we do.