1615 posts • joined Friday 14th August 2009 18:08 GMT
you certainly don't get a Strad for $2500. This http://www.musical-instrumentsuk.co.uk/more/on/details/01486 is the sort of money you pay for a reasonable quality brand new violin, so I don't think he was being ripped off.
I did indeed. The cardboard box and plastic packaging looked OK. The USB enclosure did not. I've no idea what the SATA drive inside the USB enclosure looked like because I didn't crack it open.
I don't know. I've had a fake Western Digital USB hard drive from them, though that may not have been their fault. The box looked like it should, but when I got inside, the drive was substantially less than the advertised capacity, I can't remember the numbers but it was something like 330GB instead of 2TB, and the general feel and finish of the product was clearly not Western Digital quality. To be fair, they did refund without any fuss.
The original Apple TV was referred to as the iTV by journalists before it was launched. I'm sure Apple is well aware that ITV haas been around in Britain since Steve Jobs was 7 months old and presumably first announced before he was born.
I suppose the idea is as follows:
Boffin comes up with fantastic new invention in garden shed
He goes and gets a patent on it
He can now go to venture capitalists to get funding to develop the idea and bring it to market without worrying about them stealing the idea - they can't because he has the patent.
That's how it is supposed to work, but of course it doesn't work like that. Explaining this in lawyerspeak in a way that they can't find loopholes isn't that easy.
Petrol engines tend to be about 25%-30% efficient, whereas electric motors are about 90% efficient. So on your figures, an electric car will be cheaper, probably even when you consider the extra weight of batteries an electric car has to carry around.
However, the only reason electric is cheaper is because the tax rate is much lower. If petrol was taxed at the same rate as electricity, it would be 55p/litre or 5.67p/kWh. Taking efficiency into account, it would still be slightly cheaper to go electric, but definitely not worth the hassle of finding a charging point every 50 miles or so.
I think the patent is something to do with the phone detecting :-) in the message and replacing it with an actual picture of a smiley face.
The problem is that customers just want a padlock on the browser as cheaply as possible, and choosing a more secure certificate authority doesn't make your site any more secure from man in the middle attacks. They could have got a diginotar certificate for your domain regardless of which CA you chose.
Tablets running current or previous versions of Windows are never going to take off. iOS is designed for small screens and no keyboard, and doesn't pretend to replace a laptop or desktop, so that is why it is successful in the tablet market. Android and Windows 8 may be successful in the future for the same reasons.
Supposing the US decided to send Jonathan Ive, chief product designer at Apple, back home to England. Would Apple hire an American product designer, or would they move their product design team to somewhere in the EU or another country where Ive was allowed to work?
The big US tech companies became big tech companies because they were able to attract the best talent from around the world. If they were only able to attract the best talent from around the US, I'm not sure they would have been so successful.
All the downloaded Apple stuff worked fine as well. It just wasn't possible to download or buy new things.
Had problems this morning, but it seems to be working now.
"No, the only way I see this as feasible is if you have a target pool of a million or more devices, all with the same hardware profile, running the same OS, with few to no options to tweak graphics settings, with a lack of or severe constraints on multitasking, and which are only allowed to run one specific browser. But who would be stupid enough to buy something so obviously crippled as that?"
Sounds a bit like the iPad. I'm using one now to reply to your message.
They are investigating this. Apple and a few of the publishers had their offices raided as part of the investigation.
No, and they can't claim back VAT on any purchases they make.
They can play the trick of placing the server you download from in Luxembourg, where the VAT rate is 15%.
VAT on licence fees is 20%. VAT is 20% on everything that isn't listed as being chargeable at a lower rate. E-books with only pictures are not listed as being in the 5%, 0%, exempt or outside the scope categories for VAT, therefore it is chargeable at 20%.
Mobile operators are required by law to filter access to "adult" websites unless the account holder proves they are over 18 years old and request the filtering to be removed. Vodafone & 3 presumably use Bluecoat to help them comply with this law.
 If O2 is anything to go by, adult sites seem to include websites in the personal beauty sector and clothes retailers which I really can't understand why children shouldn't be allowed to see them.
You can make your own ROM based on Android, and you have to do this as a ROM made for a Samsung Galaxy S will not work on an HTC phone or even another Samsung model. It is specific to a particular hardware model.
Everyone else forgot or ignored the Itanic as well.
I have a phone with a data plan, and I can use it as a personal wifi hotspot that lets my laptop, iPod touch and iPad connect when I am away from home. I also have a couple of battery powered chargers that deal with the large amount of power the wifi hotspot sucks out of the phone.
The only reason I went for the 3G kindle is because it doesn't have any ongoing costs to use the 3G network.
Seems about right
My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S, and I got an iPad in the Black Friday sale.
The simple reason is that I'm not going to pay more money for an Android slab, ie the unreduced iPad price.
Well yes, they do have a satnav app for Windows Mobile (the old version) and iPhone, though nothing for the new Windows Phone or Android. I got Tom Tom for my Windows Mobile many years ago. Now that I've switched to Android, I mostly use the free Google Navigation app, though I do have Co-Pilot which I use some times. The advantages of Co-Pilot are the revenue camera database, and the fact that it works off-line so works if I start my journey in an area with no signal, or if I don't want to incur data roaming charges.
The rules are different for products delivered electronically vs products delivered by courier.
If you buy a fondleslab from apple.com and you pay 20% UK VAT. If you then go to the iTunes store to buy some things to put on it, you pay 15% Luxembourg VAT.
I didn't find out
I bought a pay as you go Samsung Galaxy S from O2, which I unlocked and installed the stock ROM to replace the O2 ROM. Am I likely to have this spyware rootkit or not? Did I have it before reflashing my phone? Where might I look for signs of it?
There is an app for that (tm)
Price is a problem
As with all Android fondleslabs, price looks like a problem.
This thing costs £399 for a 16GB model. For the exact same money, you can get a 16GB iPad. I got mine in the Black Friday sale, so it was a bit cheaper than that. Is this slab any better than the iPad, and sufficiently better that I would want to go for a platform with less apps and third party accessories available? It doesn't look like it.
If I didn't know much about nmap, then on seeing it attempt to install a dodgy toolbar program, I would immediately cancel the whole installation and look for an alternative source of security software elsewhere. I just don't trust software that comes with things like that, however optional they might be.
People who don't understand the meaning of words
The technical definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth. We had lots of quarters of negative growth a few years back, totalling something like -8%. Since then we have had positive growth of somewhere in the region of 0.1% to 0.2% per quarter. That means that the economy is basically the same now as it was back in 2009 and things are no longer getting worse. According to the technical definition, we are out of recession. Being "out of recession" does mean we are back where we were before the recession started. If there is a double dip recession, that means things will get even worse than they are at the moment.
"you can plug the display into a Mini DisplayPort on a pre-Thunderbolt Mac"
later in the review, "Just keep in mind that a Thunderbolt Display needs a Thunderbolt Mac"
Which is it? Will it work with my mid-2010 MacBook Pro which has displayport, but not thunderbolt?
Or maybe not
I'm sure you can use Office 365 on your slab at the moment, or if you can't, it won't take a lot of work to get it working. Certainly, I can get onto my office web apps for sharepoint without any problems other than finding a network signal of some sort.
However, the iPad version of office won't do everything the desktop version can, for the simple reason that the iPad is not a desktop replacement. It will do the sorts of things you can do on Office for Windows Mobile & Windows Phone, except with the benefit of a larger screen you will be able to actually do stuff most of the time rather than continually scrolling everywhere and revealing and hiding toolbars.
When I'm on the road, which I am at the moment, I browse on my fonldleslab via a VPN connection so that O2 doesn't compress images so much that they a barely recognisable. I don't notice any drop in speed, it seems fast enough without compression.
This is tethering over wifi from my Android phone, I don't know if they compress on the iPad data tariff so much.
A quick look at the weather in Boston (I assume you mean Mass, not Lincs) suggests that 60°F is a possibility in the next few days. That's a little warmer than in the original Boston, but still not particularly warm. This seems to be quite a common problem over the other side of the pond.
I can assure you that there is absolutely no risk of getting sunburn on Dalety Bay. Hypothermia is a very great risk though.
More local information
There is a new article in the local rag, the Reading Post about this.
They agreed with Groupon to restrict the offer to only 1000 vouchers, but Groupon went on and sold 9000 vouchers. I guess this answers the comments about the cake shop being stupid by accepting the offer.
and you don't even have to look very far from Reading for another recent example.
2 miles away to be exact http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2103359_table_for_1236_please
This one was a pub restaurant where it was physically impossible to meet demand because they simply didn't have enough tables.