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Re: Proving once again you get what you pay for...
It's not great for young kids. Apps with that little RAM are going to be slow and frustrating.
I have a 2012 Sony Xperia phone with 512MB of RAM and dual core 1GHz processor. It feels slow. There is a hesitation before the keyboard appears. You need a task killer to keep things working in a useable way. And that's just for stuff like facebook or web browsing.
Kids apps are going to have animated graphics, even if they're basic, and they'll be playing sound - maybe video too.
If the other posts are true and you can get a 1GB machine on eBay for the same or less, I'd save your money and get something better suited.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
You write that as if Google has no lawyers. The company has every right to enforce whatever the contract you agree with them says they can do. There are very few rights that cannot be freely contracted away. Don't like the terms, buy a different product from someone else.
Looking at the terms quoted in the article, Google don't claim it's illegal for to resell the device.
What Google do appear to say is that the buyer is entering into a contract with Google. As part of the buyer's obligations under the contract they agree they are not entitled to sell the device. They may still be legally able to sell the device, but would also be opening themselves up to a claim by Google for breach of contract.
They are also on notice that if they do sell it, Google may deactivate it.
Take a look
I just took a look at their site.
Here's what it looked like when Google came along
I can't imagine why users abandoned ship with such haste.
It turns out they have a new, 'beta' site. Here's how the same area looks there:
I remember using streetmap, and thinking it was a great service. But it appears to have changed little in a decade. I think that might be their bigger problem.
Re: What about not having an account on FB?
I can see plenty of stuff on https://www.facebook.com/netflix without logging in.
Even if you did have to log in, would that really be any more restrictive than needing a subscription to some monitoring service? I mean, not so very long ago, company filings and press releases wouldn't be available to the average investor other than through some third party service monitoring such things or by reading about it the next day in the WSJ or FT.
I like my HP tablet
My existing HP tablet, a firesale touchpad, is actually pretty nice. Unfortunately it suffered from a cracked case near each speaker - seems this is a common complaint - but it's still nice and responsive running CM9 and will soon be upgraded to CM10.
Hopefully they'll stay in the market this time. More players can only be good for increasing quality and lowering prices.
I think XBMC has a feature freeze for the next version, though it might be possible to do this as an add on that can be separately installed.
I'd think XBMC support would be an excellent Kickstarter project for anyone with both the time and the programming skills necessary.
Re: I want to go the other way...
if you want your TV signal to be on your tablet, wouldn't you be looking for HomeRunHD?
I presume you mean OTA/Cable since anything else that's local should already be playable on the mobile device.
Maybe 13 is the problem
Why do we wait until kids are 13, by which time many are seeking privacy and have their own phones/computers.
Shouldn't we introduce them at a much younger age and have parents try and teach them good skills about what is sensible to post online and what is not? Why is online safety not part of the curriculum from the first day of school?
Re: iPads already have USB
Not quite true. My iPad would happily recognize my Blue Yeti USB microphone, at least until iOS 5 which determined it used too much power so stopped it working. I understand they still work if connected via a powered USB hub.
My iPad also recognizes my Fender electric guitar when connected via the Rocksmith USB cable.
I'm guessing that's no coincidence, both likely presenting themselves as similar USB audio devices. Anyway, with a USB adapter, there are other devices that can work with an iPad.
Don't see what the big deal is
So Google run lots fiber connecting their network to ISPs. There's a mutual benefit there.
Google don't have tons of fiber in Africa, and there's a dominant ISP. The two need each other.
Google could either roll fiber and install servers like they have elsewhere with their CDN, or they could pay the ISP directly. In this case they chose the latter.
If someone like Comcast in the UK, or BT in the UK were to ask for cash from Google, I'd imagine the response will be along the lines of sure, but you'll be hauling all the Google traffic over your internet backbone rather than having us deliver it to your doorstep.
The good thing about this is that it's a sign Google internally realize they are not too big to fail, and that they could be replaced as a dominant content provider on the internet.
Re: The only reason anyone is angry at Bob...
It seems pretty unlikely management haven't at least considered outsourcing. It's hardly a new concept.
Perhaps they didn't outsource to China because that's where there main competitor is based. Perhaps Bob has been outsourcing to staff at a competitor who are returning decent code but learning a ton of trade secrets at the same time. So while Bob rakes it in, he puts the jobs of all his co-workers in jeopardy.
If all the employer is willing to pay six figures for a US coder, there's a good chance there are reasons they don't want someone overseas doing the work.
It would actually be helpful if the article explained why this is different than when pdf.js was included about a year ago in Firefox 14?
Is it just enabled by default now? It's certainly not new.
Re: It's a trifle expensive
I don't think 60 million X 1,000 is 60 trillion.
I'd expect there would also be truly massive economies of scale to be achieved if you were sequencing millions of patients.
I wonder if they're really prepared for all the consequences of this.
If a patient's individual DNA is available during personalized treatment, how do they deal with things when they're treating some physical congenital problem, check the DNA report and see that the person is carrying a BRCA gene and is at a higher disposition for breast cancer?
Of course some people can deal with this easily. But others will not. The psychological impact of telling a new mother that not only is there a significant risk of her developing cancer, but that she might also have passed the gene on to her baby could be severe.
Do you tell the patient without allowing them to decide if they want to know? How do you tell a patient they might want to think about being tested without it being obvious that you already know? How do you ethically withhold the information once you know?
What about when we discover a new gene linked to another cancer? Is there an obligation to tell every carrier of that gene? How do you prepare people for that? Is the NHS equipped to deal with 30,000 requests for a hysterectomy in the space of a couple of weeks? Can you ethically leave these people to develop cancer, knowing they're at a significantly heightened risk? Will folk sue because the information was withheld?
With or without netflix
Apple must be expected to learn from their Apple TV. Most I know are just netflix streaming boxes. Most folk simply don't wan to pay $1 per episode for other TV programs.
So Apple sell these boxes with a decent, but not great TV interface, and then can't monetize them.
So Apple will need a subscription TV service to be successful. That + a DVR that would need to come close to TiVo and you'd have something good, but still not revolutionary.
As others have said, TV margins are paper thin, so Apple will need to make money by selling folk stuff via their set. Of course there'll be apps - presumably games, since most other apps are predominantly single user and that's not how TVs are used.
Re: Colour temperature
Because it's totally impossible to put a CFL behind a lampshade and filter the color?
Besides there are plenty of less harsh CFL bulbs available now, indeed the light color from the ones in my hallway is hard to distinguish from an incandescent.
It's funded by a compulsory tax?
Is the government forcing you to install televisions now?
What if the EKG was likely to have showed you had a heart abnormality that should have been easily caught and the subsequent eight years of non-treatment had resulted in permanent damage to your heart? Would you want a copy of the original now?
Doesn't matter - you'd have to pay ₤449 to get the version with GPS. As best I can gather, you can't hook up a bluetooth GPS adapter or even share the GPS from a phone (not even an iPhone) with your wifi only iPad.
But then, do apple maps even let you download maps for offline use like you can with Google maps on android?
I remember roaming in Africa over a decade ago. The rates were the local operator rate plus a margin - I think 20 or 25%. Since then the cost of international prices has plummeted while the cost of roaming has gone through the roof.
In country calls are typically priced at the same rate as international calls, and the pricing bears no resemblance to the actual costs incurred. For example, a vodafone user in the US making a local call has to pay £1.35 per minute. That's a markup of well over 1000%. International calls have always faced crazy pricing that is once again totally at odds with the wholesale cost.
It's pretty clear the free market isn't working to solve this problem. Good for the Australian government for forcing the operator's hands.
Re: I'll be damned...
So why not do multicast with each program starting every, say, 30 seconds. A 30 minute program would only need 60 individual streams at the broadcaster's end. That's surely a lot easier to manage than a couple of million streams for a prime-time soap.
You could even make the number of streams demand driven. A soap with 5 million viewers could have start points every five seconds. A less popular programme might have start points every 30 seconds.
Buffering at the end point could still allow pausing or saving for later viewing. Unless you buffer prior to watching, you'd effectively be seeing a live stream, so adverts would still be mostly compulsory viewing - something that's likely to please commercial broadcasters.
Re: One Aircaft Is Too Many
The North American equivalent of Ryan Air? If you're talking about service levels and absolute contempt for passengers, that would be any US based carrier then.
The difference between US carriers and Ryan Air are that Ryan Air has a more modern fleet of aircraft, is better at running to schedule and actually makes a profit.
Presumably they mean the mobile wallet
I used Google's wallet using my home computer for some payments. Then my gmail account was compromised using a known attack. The attacker used filters to redirect messages from wallet and merchants then spent about $100 - probably testing to see if the account was good before spending lots.
Fortunately I caught it almost immediately and reported it to Google. They said they couldn't help and that I would have to contact each merchant individually to have the fraudulent transactions reversed. Unlike, say PayPal or your credit card firm, they wanted no part in solving the problem.
Then they locked my account and demand multiple layers of documentation before I can use the wallet again.
I'm sticking with PayPal now.
This will be interesting
I tried the voice recognition on a new iPad 3. I spoke the name of a popular children's cartoon and the iPad displayed "su*k bi*ch" without the asterisks.
Not sure I'd want to leave the kids alone with a Siri powered Apple Television.
Don't you think Apps are content? There were 11 billion app downloads in the first three months of this year.
I doubt Amazon will be too bothered. They're likely to keep a decent share of the market with their Kindle Fire and their Kindle reader app will be on the Google Tablet.
Re: What about...
What about the 1st amendment? That would probably be the bit of the bill that excludes constitutionally protect rights.
Here's part of the Bill:
(b) Does not include constitutionally protected activity or other activity authorized by law, the other person, the other person's authorized representative or if the other person is a minor, the minor's parent or guardian.
In other words, the bill itself appears to exclude 1st amendment rights from being covered. But hey, why let that get in the way of a good scare story?
Outside the EU
the real shocker is charges outside the EU.
Back in the 90's, the typical roaming cost was the foreign network rate +20%. Today visitors to the US can expect to pay about £1.50/minute for a local call in the US that should be a couple of pence per minute and the same for a call home that should probably be around 15p/minute.
It's a racket and should be stopped. If the operators won't do it voluntarily, it should be a condition of any new spectrum allocation.
How about they make mono bluetooth headsets work - you know the ones you can use with every other bluetooth device on the planet, including iPhones? I'd imagine there are many more iPad users that would appreciate that than there will be using Bluetooth 4 devices.
Does your tablet beat the iPad for Apps?
Let's face it, you can't win on technology alone. If Apple can make a lower specced device that still offers a better experience, Android will still fail to capture market share.
Turn off bookmark sync under iCloud in settings. That was sufficient to stop most app crashes for me.
I think your quoted figure includes VAT, so you're off by about £100,000. I'm guessing that Parliament doesn't pay VAT on its purchases, but even if it did, the VAT would flow directly back into Treasury coffers.
To be fair, the $999 MacBook air has 2GB RAM, not enough by most estimations for a good user experience, only a 64GB SSD and an 11 inch screen.
A 13" screen with 4GB RAM and a more useful 128GB SSD will set you back $1,300.
If the big box manufacturers can churn out 13" ultrabooks with 4GB RAM and a decent size SSD priced at $900, the MacBook air will be carrying a $400 surcharge. I'd say that still looks quite expensive.
They give them away?
A gillette fusion razor retails at about 12 quid. I think they probably revel in the self perpetuating myth that it's a loss leader.
When you can buy giant tvs for a couple of hundred quid, razors at 12 quid a pop is a nice business to be in - even more so if the folk buying them think they're getting a bargain.
Non standard protocols?
One thing I'd say about iOS is that its protocol support in some areas is great.
If you use the free zimbra server for groupware, your iPod, iPhones and iPads can sync mail using IMAP, calendars using CalDav and contacts using CardDav.
That's mobile groupware with no licensing costs. Quite a boon for small businesses and non-profits.
What browser do you use?
If you use Firefox, they share revenue with you. That's where your free browser came from.
If you use Chrome, they share revenue with you. That's where your free browser came from.
Indeed, if you use Google, they share revenue with you. That's where your free search engine came from.
Do you expect ITV to send you a cheque because you watched four adverts during The Bill?
Facebook hack is no Google+
Several of my friends have started posting only on Google+. I suspect more will follow. Google just needs to keep the momentum and FB could turn into MySprpace in a very short period of time.
I wasn't too bothered by Facebook and the privacy issues. Then I discover that FB have banned apps written to export your friends contact details. Info your friends have chosen to share with you, FB are now actively trying to prevent you using. That was the nail in the coffin for me - I'm migrating.
Just edit /etc/asterisk/jingle.conf and /etc/asterisk/jabber.conf
It should take you about 2 minutes to have your asterisk box talking to and receiving calls from Google Talk.
Not being mined?
And how do you know this?
The law most certainly provides for criminal penalties in copyright cases. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright,_Designs_and_Patents_Act_1988#Criminal_offences
You can face a jail term of 10 years and an unlimited fine for some copyright offences.
I imagine they would access the non-existant app store in the same way they would access the Amazon App Store that's already been announced, using an Android device.
Or did you think only Apple's users buy and install applications from an online store?
US v UK
Interestingly, in the US there seem to be far fewer calls answered by Indian operators, every firm has a 1800 number and call pickup times are typically very fast.
The UK seems a bit unusual with companies using premium 087x numbers for every service imaginable, and who believe it's okay to leave you on hold for thirty minutes before answering your call.
I'm not so bothered by the call pickup time if a) the call is free and b) there is a message that indicates both your current queue position and current estimated time until answer. That way you can head off and make a fresh mug of tea if you know the call will take ten or so minutes before being answered.
antivir solution pro
What does it matter if Google suggests you might be looking for info about antivir solution pro as long as the results it gives aren't related to downloading it. Not to mention this is a feature of Google Suggest that has been around for years, rather than Google Instant released yesterday.
Here's the top sites Google suggests:
Remove Antivir Solution Pro, removal instructions
Remove Antivir Solution Pro (Uninstall Guide)
How To Uninstall / Remove Antivir Solution Pro Virus (Removal ...
How to uninstall / remove Antivir Solution Pro (Virus Removal ...
How to Remove Antivir Solution Pro (Removal Instructions) | Faster ...
Remove Antivir Solution Pro
Remove Antivir Solution Pro - Get Rid of Antivir Solution Pro in ...
Antivir Solution Pro is a fake antispyware program made to steal ...
There may be some valid examples of Google Suggest or Instant promoting links to dangerous sites. I'm not convinced your example was one of them.
Dependent on search, not google
Mozilla is actually dependent on search revenue rather than google per se.
Mozilla could certainly switch search provider and probably generate a similar amount of revenue. Indeed, the way MS have thrown money at Bing, they could possibly increase their revenue stream by switching.
Why is $1.44 conservative?
For a large chunk of May and a smaller chunk of June the pound traded in this range. It spent much of the first few months of 2009 in the range too, and has fluctuated sharply on several occasions this year.
It seems pretty natural for a company to price at the low end of the spectrum. Given Apple's products and business model are all about simplicity, I don't see them wanting to update prices weekly or monthly.