76 posts • joined Tuesday 29th September 2009 12:10 GMT
So MS have given another company some cash so they can say "We've licensed their patents". When will they ask me to licence their portfolio? I could do with the cash.
Wait a minute
If the microphone is genuinly good and contains stuff designed by Nokia, this may actually be a story about patents working the way they should.
I think I need to lie down.
Of course Nokia may have simply patented using a microphone in a mobile to record stuff.
Do we actually know if these fee's are anything above 0? As public listed companies have to publish their account and you can't put "Super Secret payment shit that you're not allowed to know about", surely we'd have some idea of what the supposed fees are. Also Barns and Noble took them to court and got $300 million dollars from MS in an out of court settlement, for the price of setting up a new company to make windows devices. As the nook site is happily promoting the android devices, it doesn't seem like MS won that one.
I can only think MS are saying "Agree to say you're paying us a fee and we'll not sure you", so they can try and make their patent claims sound valid.
Re: Must say it..
Ahh but you're forgetting 'Ron Jeremy' law. The amount of porn on the Internet doubles every 18 months. Teenagers and people with a large rain hack collection will probably last a week.
SSL Cert error anyone?
Does everyone else get a certificate error from the updater? I gave up installing updates ages ago as it complained about the ssl cert. As it's a simple dev box I figured I'd wait for the certificate to be fixed, that was well over a year ago.
Re: Intel chip?
And when they all break from over winding, Apple can tell them they're doing it wrong.
Get the feeling the Judge is also part of the problem. Fair enough warn them that negotiating is better than going to trial, but as its painfully obvious the two sides will never agree, just get on with it. Boot her out, get another person in and get on with round 2.
I want my popcorn icon
Re: A trend, not a case
I think Apple stores are a pretty unique case. People have generally made up their mind they want an apple product when they go in and they can't get it cheaper elsewhere. I'm sure other stores would love to be able to follow their lead, but they'd just go to the wall fast with incredibly high overheads. The main difference between employee's in the apple store and PC World is the uniform.
As for the article, Click and Collect is a must in my opinion. The only reason I wander onto the PC World website is because I can get the product cheaper than in-store and pick it up on the way home. Perfect for those "I need this right now, I can't possibly survive another second without one" moments.
shipped win7 on time
Wow that's some achievement considering the numerous changes between vista and win7. I mean at least 4 new wallpaper pictures. He's a modern day genius.
Is this article written by those infinite amount of monkey's on their way to the complete work of Shakespeare? Either that or the writer bought shares in Facebook and is desperately trying to get the stock back up. Maybe that's why the reg is becoming adverts branded as articles these days, desperate to get their money back.
is it April 1st already
Re: What's the problem with the picture?
It exists, that's the problem with it. A great example of the pointless tat posted on these sites
Is it just me?
Or is anyone else reminded of the complete bilge that was IE4 with active desktop?
Ubuntu, hobled so much it's now competing with a Microsoft product 14 years old.
Loving it at the moment
I'm a casual 'casual mmo'er' and I'm loving GW2. While the main game is fun and they've cracked the whole 'other people being in the area is a good thing', it's the little things that have hooked me. Being able to gather all materials is a great start, automatically storing crafting goods in the bank from anywhere is a great point and crafting materials don't use up bank slots is the icing on the cake. They've sat down, looked at the hoops people jump through by creating 'bank alts' and removed them. Very little gets in the way of enjoying the game.
As I get bored of mmo's very easily, the little distractions they've added are great. My aimless wandering now earns XP woot. There may even be a chance I'll have completed the story by the time the first expansion comes out, it's that good. I was only 55 when the burning crusade came out for WoW and I had been playing since day one.
Re: First post-purchase action for these muppets.
Well if a post a few places above is correct, it may be down to issues with your new retina display
*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*
Where's our popcorn icon?
*chomp* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*
Re: I see a problem with the analysis
Exactly what I was thinking. "Machines with a higher chance of having crappy software installed are more likely to crash" should be the title of the report.
Not all places in Somerset have been forgotten. In the crappy backwater that is Shepton Mallet we got upgraded in January.
..they decided not to invest in facebook shares, had a lot of cash sitting around doing nothing and decided to buy a company that doesn't earn a living marketing companies on facebook.
"If you were to leave FB social advertising with its proven top and mid funnel results, where would you go? Banners and pre rolls?"
Errmm since when has anything facebook related been proven to work? Is it in the same report that says facebook is worth one millliiioon dollars^H^H^H I mean one hundread biiilliioonnn dollars?
All about choice
Hmm was going to write a post about this not being a bad thing, as the decreased price will come alongside increased advertising/prominence of your app and what's better 100 user paying £5 each, or 1000 users paying 50p each?
Then a bell went off in my head. Wasn't there an article about this sort of thing and developers closing down because of support costs. No point having a great app if you get a bad rep for not supporting it.
Maybe over time the developer will be promised more, just so the amazon store can attract the kind of devs that think things through?
If they spin off the company who get's the profits from patent trolling? This is probably going to be the biggest money spinner for them. Unless the patent fairies get their act together.
Shame as Microsoft had some nice hardware in development at times, if only they dropped the "Must run Windows and Office" mentality.
When you've finished trying to be funny I think you'll find Android copied Apples patent of "Shit happens when shit happens", when they introduced that bug. So Apple thought of it aaaaaaaages ago, they just didn't want to add the feature to the early iPhones.
The way Microsoft work they'll say "Pay us 100 mill a year for patent protection and we'll give you a discount on the MS software/components you already use". Discount will be around the cost of the patents so the patents real cost is zero. Sprinkle on an NDA and tell everyone how rich you're getting from all this.
The Best seller list is done on orders not actual sales, that way they can make sure "waste of space ex summit" can always get to number one. Actual sales of the book just get in the way.
Paris because her auto-biography is probably as factual as this one.
Dear 'The "issues group" behind the creation of the recommendations'
Please list all sites using a .uk domain that have lead you to introduce this rule. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that list will be zero.
Thanks for introducing another rule that will take down legitimate sites and leave the criminals untouched.
top draw thinking right there
my own theory is the looters are waiting for the shops to be re-stocked. Hardly worth looting an empty shop. Wonder if they'll put in a few pre-orders, just to make sure there's something worth nabbibng?
The odd game supported being displayed and controlled from the PSP while running on the PS3, you could even connect the devices over the internet.
I can't help but think Sony are repeating the same mistakes that they made with the PSP. Concentrate on the graphics and ignore everything else. PSP played PS2 games on the move, Vita plays PS3 games on the move. Maybe the extra thumbstick will make all the difference.
A couple of points
1. Both the movie and music industries are convicted cartels in the US and have cases pending over here (amazingly this case has been with the EU for years and doesn't seem like it will ever finish. If they were innocent surely they'd want the case finished)
2. They haven't stopped making content, so they're happily spending their money and generally making record profits, so there's no lack of motivation from the studios
Both the music and film industry want to rip the consumer off. They have no desire to give value for money, or live by the same rules as most other businesses; adapt or go bankrupt. They're also quite happy to screw over the content creators. A friend of mine has been told "This is the deal and if you don't accept we'll make minimal changes and you'll not get a penny".
By all means condone piracy, but defending illegal corporations isn't a great idea.
Hmmm it is a tough one to call. Apple will happily release an overheating phone, they'll just blame the user. However re-releasing the iPhone4 with an S moniker will allow them to drag out the upgrades that bit longer.
I think I'll vote 4S. Watching people trip over themselves to give you money for the same phone must be fun to watch.
"The difference is it's not you or your mate valueing your company, it's an outsider with real money valueing FB. And paying a price lower than what others regularly trade it for"
Errrm real money doesn't enter into it, they've bought x amount of facebook shares with the fake money someone used to buy their x amount of shares in another outfit. Rinse and repeat until someone needs the real money and watch the economy collapse.
Has Facebook genuinely started making money yet?
I'm with you
I've been playing this game for a good few days now. It's not the greatest game ever, but as a simple action adventure game it's really enjoyable. I found DS2 a real chore, as I was tired of the locations (Forrest, mine, caves etc) but this hasn't bored me once as may brain isn't overly involved.
Forget the RPG side and get it if you like Dark Alliance type hack and slash.
fixed it for you
"One click away from the Samsung Capitvate which is free on a £25/month contract, however, I stopped. It struck me that we'd have to repurchase all of the apps that he and I share (which include Real Soccer 2011 and Conquest) about £20's worth on our current iOS devices. And once he started buying Android apps, our app purchasing paths would continually diverge. I'm married with four kids: I can't afford too much app divergence. I reluctantly got him an iPhone, which cost £400 on a £35 a month contract. Aren't I a genius"
Now can I interest you in some magic beans?
While I'm not a fan of lulzsec and they probably are a bunch of f*cknuts, moaning at them for getting the data is a bit short sighted. Yes they're probably doing it for kicks, but if they can do it so can criminal organisations that wont shout about it and the first thing you know is when the debt collectors come knocking.
By all means think they're muppets, but never complain that people have publicly warned you that your private details are available to any crim with an internet connection.
Do they get reviewed on a regular basis and people found wanting kicked out? For $25 a month I'd want to be sure no beauties turned uggo share the same web space as me.
Not that I'd ever get onto the site in the first place, the looks and $25 dollar fee keeping me away in equal measure.
The best thing to do is keep them on the phone. I always keep them on the phone for a good 20 minutes or so and if everyone else did them same they'd go bust in no time. It also gets you put on a blacklist so you don't get the calls anymore, my phone has been silent for almost a year.
Regards the calls, they are quite tricky. I had one confused when I said my event log had no errors or warnings in it and he kept asking me what I was looking at to check I was at a computer. I wasn't but he never worked that out.
Anywho, take 20 minutes out of your life and keep them on the phone, it's the only way to stop them.
"Don't forget he still submitted his app to Cydial app portal for getting Apple software onto Apple platforms."
Which no apple fanboi would ever do. He's a developer looking to make money. Selling an app to sync your android phone to iTunes wouldn't sell very well.
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My thoughts exactly, anyone who thinks we live in a capitalist society any more isn't worth listening too. I guess they just haven't thought of a name for this new society we belong to. Corrupt gets my vote.
dell made it by shaving costs!
I agree, forgetting dell made it by being subsidised by intel was bad enough, but going on to say MS gave us a great browsing experiance really showed the writer as a complete idiot.
Next up Sony leads the world in secure systems
I like it
There is a brightness setting on the menu screen, so if the screen looks dark just turn it up. I keep it on the lowest setting and very rarely have to turn it up.
I think it's a great machine, 75% is probably a fair score, I'd go higher, but that's mainly based on the potential of AR gaming and the fact I love the 3D effect.
As for a new model coming out soon, don't hold your breath. The DS Lite came out when it did because the PSP arrived and next to the original DS, the fashion brigade would go for the PSP every time, so Nintendo re-designed the DS to look nicer. An XL model is likely to come out once the price of the screens drop to a reasonable level.
Now if you'll excuse me, a volcano has just morphed out of my desk and I have to have words with the dragon steeling my pen.
Chrome not hacked
Iirc from last year, the hackers could exploit Chrome fairly easily, but they couldn't get out of the sandbox, so the exploit was limited. I'm pretty sure nothing's changed and if someone could exploit it, they would have.
What I'd really like to see is how hackers fare against Firefox and other browsers with common plugins enabled (noscript and suchlike).
Sir Pentonbury Smithe
"What we still don't know is when the iPad 2 will appear on the shelves, how much it will cost or what functionality Apple is keeping back for the big bang launch."
I'd have thought the tech they deliberately leave out for version 3 would be more interesting.
Accounts are free and they only offered him a month gold service, which comes free with some games, so no biggie.
MS are only using it as bait so they can continue getting subs from him.
Sir Boddington of Smeddly will do
I use different passwords for different levels of sites and gawker and twitter would rate at the same low level. If they managed to access both, they'd just find made up info, so no great loss.
Now if only main stream sites would allow non alpha numeric characters in passwords. We'd all have a chance of actually creating secure passwords then.
I think anyone using these api's should be banned from the internet entirely. If you're stupid enough to put account details; including a password, into a 3rd party site, you really shouldn't be allowed on the internet full stop.