1315 posts • joined 11 May 2007
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.
It's time to rethink what a PC can be and discover a new kind of computer. Introducing the Samsung Chromebook Series 5.
Deciding whether or not the Samsung Chromebook is right for you is actually really easy. The first thing you have to know is that it's cheap. Really cheap.
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: 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...?
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....
Sounds like healthy cynicism to me. You might want to read some non-apple articles. You'll find they're "envious" of everyone around here....
Re: Why am I not swayed by this argument?
Is it because you never listen to any argument that could possibly paint MS in a positive light? Is it because it's you paraphrasing someone else's argument and fucking it up? Is it because you are a strange person who likes to end his posts with capitalised nonsense?
I don't know, to be honest it's difficult to work out what your motivation is. You seem to be some kind of reverse psychology advertising construct from microsoft, sent here to make people who don't use MS products look like nutters...
Re: They obviously want it
My industry sources (hem hem) lead me to believe that it is the big publishers that wanted this (DRM, no second hand sales), and that both Sony and MS had paid lip service to complying. Of course once Sony saw the shitstorm MS's announcement kicked up.....
Re: Maybe, maybe not.
He says "buy a mediocre android". Shouldn't be tricky to find....
Re: Bottom line? Keep your fscking story straight
Agreed, jake could Smug for his country.
Re: patronising self-important arseholes is one of the joys of IT, right?
Patronising self-important arseholes are the backbone of the industry! Oh, did you meant "patronising" as a verb...?
Re: DEC... and SONY
Yeah, they used to be cool (Gameboy advance, sp, micro and original ds all used the same charger) then they got greedy and now each new handheld needs a new charger (except the 3DS XL, which doesn't come with one!)
Re: why in God's name would anyone bother?
Because there's plenty of money to be made here? Even after tax? They made 18 billion in five years, they could lose a good chunk of that and it'd still be worth doing. It's all about the bottom line, they won't give up on 10bn just because they think it should be 18bn....
Re: "pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:
Um, no. They lied to the committee by claiming they did their selling in Ireland but whistle blowers from their own company showed that they were selling in the UK.
Re: @sabroni Puzzled
If someone settles out of court because they are guilty they're not going to post about it on here if the whole point was to keep it quiet. Your story is an interesting example but it doesn't really shed any light on the goings on in this particular case.
In my original post I foolishly said they'd settled because they were guilty, which of course I don't know. By settling out of court they specifically kept it so we don't know and that leads to speculation. I think it's likely that they had something to hide (they have pleny of cash to spend on litigation and a public image to protect and it sounds like they would have made money by colluding illegally) but without evidence we're all left making guesses...
but i'm sure i saw an episode of The Practice or Boston Legal or similar
Sweet! Actually, I've watched Scooby Doo a few times and I think you'll find it was old Mr. Grainger, the caretaker. Yoinks!!!
Re: pig-headed anti-corporate shill @TeeCee
I agree, it was supposed to be a witty, post-modern youtube-comment style putdown, not an actual mathematical proof....
Re: pig-headed anti-corporate shill
pig-headed anti-corporate shill > pig-headed corporate shill * 100
Ok Tom, if you're really 13 I guess you might think that they settled out of court because they were innocent. The reality is they settled because they thought they'd lose in court. They probably thought they'd lose in court because they had agreed to do something illegal. It might not be so, but that's the simplest reason....
It's not that freetards think settlements mean something they don't. it's you confusing "not found guilty in court" with "didn't do it". Those two things are very different.
Re: Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"
I'm typing this really slowly. I should be able to play a video game without the console watching me. That's too much to ask for?
Re: The alternative is having to write software from scratch for a single platform
No, the alternative is decent browser integration and web apps that work across devices and platforms.
Re: There's no end to the confusion a fool causes in the world when he opens his mouth
or starts typing....
Oooh, can I play too!
It's spot the words that aren't in the article time!! hurrah!!
How about "relevant comment", "insight" and "tired, scratched old record"...
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