1335 posts • joined 11 May 2007
Re: My impression is that Facebook got there first
First after MySpace? That'd be second then.
no one has beaten it at anything significant yet.
Google+ is beating Facebook? Or facebook is insignificant?
Re: A phone with in-built NSA integration? You must be kidding.
Why? Android isn't that bad....
Re: you're not Google and you're not doing something someone else can't set up just as well
ever heard of Google+? It's Google's facebook alternative that only has decent user figures because Google added all the user accounts from their other services.
Google are not the internet.
So just the same as Serco then, but cheaper?
Re: Nintendo - Done for,.
They're as "done for" as they were when the N64 didn't sell fast enough. Likewise with the Gamecube, it didn't really fly off the shelves at any point. Neither system was a market leader but neither system bankrupted Nintendo.
Nintendo were massively successful with the Wii. They probably won't do that again in terms of selling into the casual market and shifting expensive peripherals. But for all those who love Nintendo games there isn't an alternative and that's what will keep Nintendo afloat.
If Nintendo software becomes shit, that's when they're done for.
the Beast from Redmond and their camp followers
If you've never used a modern phone or shiny slab I guess that maybe you think that's true. I suppose if you just use an iPhone and iTunes it might be, provided you don't find it limiting and try to do something that Apple don't approve of. If you're an average Android phone user then you're still getting crapware plus additional network operator restrictions and you're much less likely to get any security or stability updates than some fool running windows. (yeah, you can flash your phone and remove that stuff, but we're talking about consumer products here. A customer who wouldn't wipe a pc and put linux on it is unlikely to root their phone. And as for a Nexus device, latest NSA updates automatically? No thanks.)
Take off those rose coloured glasses, the crap wasn't because of windows it was because of corporate greed and a big market, and all that shit is heading straight to a mobile device near you right now.
AND AN EXTRA SHOUTY BIT because apparently THAT HELPS TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS!
Here come the tinfoil hat brigade!!!
Here come the government sock puppets, here to belittle legitimate concerns and make out that "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear".
Isn't guessing other people's opinions fun!!!
Re:but he really did give MS a hell of a lot of energy
Yeah, kinetic energy, transferred via the medium of chairs.
Re: Office for Linux, or Office for Chrome - those would be big changes.
Office 365 properly supported on all browsers, that'd be a big change. Porting Office to a number of different OSs would be a big cultural change, but to go forward technically you need to decouple from the OS, not bind to more. IMHO, obv....
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I used you're and your correctly, if you're going to be a grammer nazi get it right else you just look like a bell-end.
And I'm fully aware that any hosting company may be compromised. But that applies to all of them, wherever they're located. This article is about which government has sovereignty over your data. Didn't you read it? Too busy imagining grammatical errors?
re: Does that not depend on just who owns your local provider
You will already be operating under the same legal and sovereignty restrictions as your local provider. So providing you're already obeying the law you are under no more risk by using a local cloud service provider.
Using a Microsoft OS is a long way from giving them all your data to host.
Re: Aww, poor spotify
If that dick at the top of the company wasn't creaming it it might be possible to agree with you....
Re: nothing to do with them?
Sharing a member surely makes them related.
Re: Downvoted for trying to learn about linux?
And they say you lusers are unfriendly!
Re: Hang on a sec
How is that any better than windows update? It don't always need a reboot, and it happens automagically if you configure it to...
But I'm not really clear on your answer. Are you saying it's never possible to update a running kernel, or that running a desktop makes updating a running kernel impossible? Or are you drawing a distinction between updating and upgrading? Or does a micro kernel (whatever that is) enable an update to the kernel (but not, presumably, to the microkernel.) Remember I don't use linux, speak slowly and clearly, I'm a windows user!
Re: Hang on a sec
I thought updates that required reboots were a prime example of how Windows does things wrong and isn't written properly...?
Not good practice.
Maybe not, but very common....
Well, it takes a while to sift through everything finding the few that actually have warrants....
Re: Why wasnt this done as an independent external audit?
Because an independent external audit would've given the wrong answer.
better things to do
like tell us how uninterested you are in this story....
Re: Hooray for the crappy update system!
Hey, it was designed to suck and it certainly works!
Ooh, yeah, me too.
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At a launch price of £229/USD$330/AU$319, it undercuts most conventional laptops, and is cheaper even than the new iPad mini.
Re: That sudden downturn in IE
Hmm, so suddenly the shitty tactic of including "optional" (ie. you need to turn them off or they are installed) bloatware alongside a legitimate install is ok? Or is it only if it's Google that this is not evil? The yahoo toolbar still sucks, yeah?
Look over there!
We're of course much better off with our internet "freedom". Freedom for the Americans to watch everything we do. And then tell our government, thereby sidestepping any local snooping laws.
But yeah, those fucking Iranians, eh?
You'd get rid of Sonic, Mario, Zelda, DK, pokemon, Journey, Flower, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, God of war, GT, Little Big Planet, Heavy Rain, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade etc.... Just so you could stop development of a new X-COM game?
Maybe just play the old one, eh?
Re: every other defendant had plead guilty, admitted fault and paid up.
Really? I thought they'd settled out of court, which means they did not plead guilty or admit fault. Is that wrong?
Re: simply out of spite
Hardly. To push users towards the failing Windows 8 more like. Big corporations (Apple's ongoing litigation shenanigans excepted) tend to do things to make money. Do you think keeping XP going is going to make MS much cash? I don't.
Re: Pick me!
I'm a love albatross!
Re: To summarize....
Like that, yeah?
Not bad, but I can't imagine them getting compensated enough to dent Apple's ardour for frivolous court cases. You do have to wonder how much this BS has cost Amazon.
We need some way to restrict companies like Apple from throwing their legal weight around safe in the knowledge that they can just go "oh, actually, don't bother" once the other party has spent a small fortune on lawyers.....
Just for balance, this wasn't about patents, it was about trade marks. Apple are still being unbalanced twats when it comes to patents...
Re: Minimum wage
No, I think it's actually an attempt to make sure that working people have enough money to live on. It might not work, but I'm pretty sure that's what the intent is.
BB that you can't battery pull?
BB10 better be a lot better than previous versions of BB os or that's going to become a paperweight pretty quickly....
Re: otherwise untouchable bloat
Do you mean the ad server code that generates a small amount of revenue for the developer of the app? If so my heart bleeds for you....
If you're correct, and I have not reason to doubt you, that is truly pathetic. Paying lip service to security while allowing any old bollocks to claim to be a signed app. Giving the illusion of security is worse than no security.
..you're saying that Apple's walled garden approach is the only way to be secure?
What a badly constructed and ill thought out rant. The issue is that older Androids do not get updates. It's nothing to do with how stupid Apple customers are or whether Apple publish full lists of vulnerabilities and fixes. Apple do have issues with security. But they don't have problems pushing updates to devices. So bringing them into the argument only emphasises the fact that Android's update infrastructure is crap.
Re: How quickly the argument changes...
..from "our OS is super secure" to "that vulnerability is useless".....
That'll learn you to post a sensible and informative response....
Re: One-handed operation is key to Many buyers' needs
Re: It seized to exist in 1990.
Yeah, it's holding on, but only just!!!!
Re: Usual initial left wing diatribe from Dabbs
I think he did a fine job of shoe horning his politics into the story, it's not like the market has morals so he's perfectly correct in his "I can make money so I don't care" comparison with Goodwin. I notice you haven't attempted to counter his point at all, you just winge about the fact he's left wing.
If you don't like reading him, why not stop reading him? No reason to abandon the whole site though, his picture is at the top of his articles so he's easily avoided....
Re: for legal reasons it wasn't actually published as an actual 'news' paper!
I remember it always having a "registered with the post office as a news paper" message on it somewhere. (Not sure why it registered with the post office, but surely I couldn't have made that up.....)
There was a time ("double decker found on moon") when it was actually quite funny, before it just became the cheapest and least graphic of the grot mags....
Good rant! I pretty much agree, but at the same time I should point out that people (not engineers, but end users) find beautiful things easier to work with. Wish I could find a link to the article I read about this, basically there was a study where identical functionality was wrapped in an ugly gui and a beautiful gui and users found the attractive one much easier to use and were keener to use it again. They were also less likely to be put off when they couldn't find what they wanted straight away.
So while I agree that engineers just need utility I understand when an ugly interface puts them off...
Re: If anybody needed any proof
then they've had plenty since Apple started it's stupid "thermonuclear war" on Android. If you've only just noticed now because Apple are on the receiving end then your vision is a bit skewed.
Re: So HTML 5 has been ratified?
I think you'll find they call it "a living standard". So yeah, not ratified...
useful APIs .... no longer portable
Not true. W3C standards are being developed for loads of apis to integrate with the browser. There's apis for sms, tcp, bluetooth, contacts, file store, database, light sensor, battery status, geolocation, device orientation and a load more. Presentation is where most cross device headaches are, not in getting access to the hardware.
Think about it from the point of view of a developer not a customer. Why write for one of iPhone / Android / WinPhone when you can target them all and more besides with one app?
The problem to my mind is making money. App stores allow developers to monetise very easily, how you achieve that with an easy to copy web app is a different matter....
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