2973 posts • joined Monday 12th October 2009 20:43 GMT
Apples losing streak continues ...
and it is high all this stupidity stopped.
Perception is far more important than what some bling outfit in Cupertino says. App Stores are generic and besides the US is only a segment of the market where the rest of the world knows what an App Store is.
Call it St. Helena, Africa and Cameron will find the money ...
as his record of gifting African countries might do St. Helena some good.
BBC America gets 25 million viewers a month and numerous awards
Why the surprise? Even a channel showing bread dough rising would be more interesting than some of the visual garbage fed to US viewers.
And it's not much better on international channels where the Discovery channel group (we having a 'Premier' show repeated 5 times so far in different YEARS) and the Nat Geo group are both playing "if we edit the original show this must be new. Right?" game and 10-year old re-runs CSI-Somewhere are padding out other channels.
I'm awaiting the schedules to start re-running "I Love Lucy" crap soon.
The real kicker is that our Discovery channel content is so old that NEWER seasons, shown on 'Western' satellites can be downloaded from InterNet.
Little wonder the Beb is so successful.
Of course, we are not talking about BBC World, which is as bad as many other satellite channels. And this explains why I haven't bothered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio by removing the bird guano (our dishes point almost directly vertical).
Apple PR keeping common-or-garden cell phone in the media
I would have thought El Reg would have had something better to do than giving free publicity to Apple.who micro-manages almost everything that 'leaks' out.
Bet the purchasers of V5/iOS6 feel real happy that their recent purchases are now depreciating. Obviously Apply doesn't give a bucket of spit about it's customers.
At least they are keeping that part of the Job's 'legacy'. Wonder what they are going to do about the Scratchy Back feature?
No hands! They could use coloured pixels that surround the periphery - one colour for each regular hand - and all you need know is the approximate time.
Let me file a patent before Apple copies it. I have two of these in my office now.
I'll call one the iSpot and the other the iDot.
I disagree, it's the legs not the shoes
I live in a country where flip-flops ar de rigeur, and heels are used only for special occasions, and I can assure you from years of visual research, studying legs on motorcycles, that it is the shape of the leg that matters.
A leg without a well defined ankle, even if shod in a pair of heels, looks like sh*t.
So stuff your science and study the form.
Angling to get another Brit into a US Court?
If there was fraud, it sure must have been sophisticated with all those bean counters crawling over the books for Due Diligence.
Let's face it, since Messrs H and P departed this earth, the company has been through a series of totally inept executives currently the hot seat is occupied by a failed would-be politician.
What happened to so many acquisitions? Discarded! Now Meg the Frump needs to save her fat a*se, so she dreams up this 'investment mistake'.
The fact is HP sells junk, it's former wide array of top end products is gone. It is a shell of it's former self. I always advise people to avoid anything with H and P written on it, even laptops and particularly printers. They are history, an elephant that has some very sharp mice running around it.
What a shame that the hard life work of it's founders has been squandered. And we shouldn't forget to include the Board of Directors, either, they are responsible for hiring pneumatic bird-brains as CEO's whilst pulling down massive cheques.
Cameron should tell the US that if there was a crime it was done on British soil, allegedly by a British citizen and that any criminal charges will be dealt with under British law, in a British court.
The Two-Faced USA Trumping Up Yet More False Accusations
The USA is like a dying star, a lot of noise followed by a big bang and then nothing.
The fact is that US industrialists of all types have sold the US out. They transfer IP and machinery to China and expect them not to get curious? Just so they can make extra bucks.
And why should China, and anyone else, pay attention to sales restrictions? The US surely doesn't if it suits it's political goals.
Who gave Israel fissionable material from Livermore-Lawrence Laboratories? Why the US Government, even against it's prohibition.
It embargoes VietNam and these restrictions worked wonders. VietNam now has a resilient, resourceful industrial sector as it had to develope th skills because the US cut it off. There is not too much love lost between the Neanderthals in BeiJing and their cousins in Ha Noi but whatever we need, we can buy it.
CISCO has a profits problem, so it rents a few Congressmen, generates a report or two on the evils of it's Chinese competitors. Hearings are staged, unsubstantiated claims are made all with a view to cutting off the competition.
To make things a little harder, US 'intelligence' is deployed tto scar the hell out of Australians and the UK all so the USA can make more money by selling Chinese-made network equipment with US NSA backdoors in them.
Pity the Australians and the British pols can't see through this trade manipulation.
What the Chinese should do is refuse to allow CISCO products to be made there, forcing up the cost of manufacture and then letting CISCO see if they can sell stuff cobbled together in the USA.
Why can't the world's alleged centre of technology tear Huawei, et al, software to pieces and see if they can locate all these backdoors.
Twelve channels of CCTV bleating the wonders of BeiJing policies
There must be only one channel more boring than the CCTV channels fro BeiJing and that is the Singapore government news channel.
Most of all the news in China emanates in the BeiJing studios although certain (politically reliable) provinces do get to add their local diatribe to that from the Big Cheeses. There are some light entertainment programmes although I don't think the monks will be in to it much.
Visitors to China will notice the paucity of antennae of any type, except on government buildings. There are a few satellite dish users but these require permits and involve regular visits from police armed with compasses to ensure that they are directed at the right satellite.
Hard to hide satellite dishes and easy to spot from an aircraft.
"copyright infringement complaints very seriously".
Only when someone steals the logo or name ... that Apple stole from others!
Or if someone tries to use their software in non-Apple hardware.
Otherwise Apple doesn't give a damn although it is busy filing prior art patents which, in a way, is like stealing copyright from others.
About time the SEC got rapped over the knuckles for doing deals with Wall Street
For years the SEC has molly-coddled the Goldman Sachs ilk on Wall Street so it is good to see a judge highlighting the cosy arrangements.
The USA has repeatedly criticised other nations, including Britain, think Saudi Arabian fighters, for back-handing people to get business whilst, naturally, ignoring their own violators.
Just PROOF that criminals have BAD TASTE
or that iThingy owners 'lost' them so they can buy the latest version.
If the Fanbois wouldn't waltz around the streets with their latest Apple bling, th thefts might decrease. I saw a subway train rider neatly deprived of his goodies. One ne'er do well blocked the doors as they were closing and his buddy snatched the tablet from behind the user and both escaped with the train leaving th station!
The cellco's are likely not bothered about copying the Europlan of blocking lost/stolen handsets as it means more business for them.
Look at the cost of SIMs in North America - it costs me less than a dollar to get a new SIM and (optionally) change my number here in VietNam. The difference is we have government regulations that stop exploitation - and handsets/cell phones have to be sold unlocked.
A Hat Tip to William J. O'Brien, an American engineer
who invented what was later known as Decca Navigator. - although it operated on position fixing by means of phase comparison of continuous wave transmissions whereas GPS is based upon time..See: < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decca_Navigator_System > and < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System >.
Decca was knee-capped by the EU and the principal espoused at that time seem to have been happily ignored in the development, and financial support, of Galileo.
Guess these subsibers are feeling like those who ...
participate in the BBC owned Lonely Planet chat room that was closed down at Christmas as they detected some 'inappropriate language', whatever the hell that means where four letter words are more the norm.
Just think about it, is there any other time when travel chat rooms are more needed?
Well done, Beeb, well planned.
Re: I have a question - funny looking yacht
Yachts have sails, this looks as if a slight wind, maybe Force 2 or 3, would blow it over.
Re: I have a question
The end without propellers.
Re: Typical Jobsian Design
Doesn't have to be sea worthy. They are designed to be moored so the owners can wear funny hats and drink themselves silly.
If they actually want to cross a real sea, they are carried as deck cargo. You can see these floating marinas all over the world and, upon arrival, the owners fly in.
Re: That yacht looks terrible
Philippe Starck obviously has something going for him AND he has money in the bank to prove it.
Re: That yacht looks terrible - I bet the navigation systems are shit.
I bet the navigation systems are shit.. Surprised? They are running on Apple products.
A better need for multi-SIM phones ... and security
People ask why there are so many multi-SIM handsets/cells in China, especially when compared to other countries.
The reason is obvious, now, to Foreigners, for each SIM represents a given Celco and keeping "spare Tires (girlfriends)" on different networks makes eminent sense. Different Spare Tire, different Network - what's more, ach Network can be ignored (turned on and off) by signing in.
Another reason is that when a Spare Tiree goes flat, for you, simply change the SIM and get a new number - yet the main contact numbers for business or family remain unchanged.
Rare Earth monopolies breed competition
I have the privilege of being able to roam freely over the beautiful (and not so beautiful) landscapes of VietNam, and Indochina generally, and I noticed that there are teams of white boiler-suited types scouring the land in VietNam who were definitely not Vietnamese in facial characteristics.
I took a relaxing lunch-break near of of these teams and one of them men wandered across and he was able to speak passable English.
He explained, voluntarily, what they were doing. In fact, he handed me an envelope of material that detailed their endeavours.
They were a Japanese team searching the old mining tails (debris) of VietNam looking for rare earths. In fact they had found some, just south of Ha Noi, where they discovered sufficient quantities to financially justify opening a new mine.
Elsewhere in the country the finds were only sufficient to process the tailings - with success.
Unlike the Australians, the documents advised, they are moving the untreated soils, by ship, from VietNam, to Japan where they have a low-emissions refining plant.
So, Thank You, China, for hogging the market, you are creating jobs and enterprises in other countries.
Goggle, two little letters for your new Nexus
Bad quality, poor reliability, no manual or charger
You speak of Apple, I presume.
Re: @AC 21:17
Your three year old Mac only sells because Fanbois are less than smart - as witnessed by antennagate, and are too slow to negotiate a better price.
Re: ... a typical Fandroid commentard on an iPad article
If, what you allege, happens, Google would be emulating Apple.
Funny how so many Fanbois are cowards and hide behind the Anonymous user name, although their need is understood.
Re: Dead Steve Jobs? Elvis lives on ...
THIRTY-FIVE years after he stopped breathing.
Of coarse Jobs no doubt walks around haunting people, to. Some magazines, such as Slate, still have advertisements running as if he was still here.
And these idiots at GCGQ are going to ...
defend Britain from ne'er do wells? Capture spies and potential bomb tossers?
Could be they are looking for new employees and put this out as they are too cheap to pay for advertisements.
My Toshiba powers off autoimatically ...
when the power cord is pulled - I never bothered changing the batteries - the power outlets in the office are powered by expensive in the basement UPS + a hairy great generator.
Don't what we do, just do what we say
The hypocrisy flows fast and heavy in Washington.
No other countries spies on others more than the USA.
Parents have different criteria, let them decide
Why should everyone be forced to accept the lowest, or highest, common denominator.
Some people think Sundays should be dead - no bars, no moves, no entertainment. They can have their life style, many others don't agree.
Doesn't Rockefeller know bullets killed the kids?
You would have thought if the publicity seeking Rockefeller had time to draft this matter, he would have had time, and have been better employed in drafting a law banning long magazines and requiring bullet purchasers to obtain a permit before being sold ammunition.
I see some heartless enterprising vendor is producing "bullet proof" back packs which h suggest children could hide behind in the event of an attack.
Sounds like horses and barn doors
You have wonder what Holder, the US A-G has for brains.
The idea is stop people stealing the goodies, rather than prosecuting them, which implies a criminal charge. And since the US has domain only after it's own courts, They don't usually give prior notice, either, which is the idea behind the sealed indictment.
Of course, the US hasn't time for the niceties of law, ask the Canadians how many times US law enforcement has come over the border - even kidnapping people and taking them back to the US (only to have to release them)..
As we all too well know, now, there are many governments only to happy to let their citizens be 'renditioned', including Britain under bLIAR, and most likely would happen again under Mad May, the Home Secretary.
Of course, the US government has full access to Sabre and Galileo reservation systems (Amadeus servers are in Europe) so they can sit back there in Washington seeing potential victims. Ask CHOY, Hon-Tim and Nick Leeson, both of whom were detained by the use of Res systems.
Do you think Dot.Com is free to travel, irrespective of any restrictions imposed upon him? There are very few places he can travel without hitting a US-friendly country. Scrub Australia and HongKong. Maybe China? Land movements are the safest for miscreants - they can be done illegally without passports.
What would be far more appropriate is for the US to actually implement some security so their goodies are protected.
Scoff all you want, even the US had trouble in the beginning
The West should never under estimate what is happening out in the Far East. Only 50 years ago, South Korea had no toilet paper and look where they are now.
North Korea has obviously got the rocket bit right, and the satellite is in orbit which is good enough to throw an atomic weapon at the USA.
Samsung doesn/t need to copy anything
Samsung has amply demonstrated it is capable of taking on Cupertino - just look at the sales figures.
Unlike Apple, Samsung's incremental improvements between versions are considerable whereas the Version 4 to 5 was a an abject failure, especially when you take into account the Crappy Mappy app.
I guess Cook will check out new / upgraded products personally next time.
Th biggest advantage Samsung has is that it owns it's manufacturing facilities, it's engineers get feedback from their colleagues. This makes a big difference, as the scratched rear cases on iThingy 4 prove.
China is still a poor country? Spheroids to THAT!
China has much more real money than the USA. The USA borrows money from China! The USA is bankrupt.
What are you smoking.
Interesting that the Fanbois are throwing up Samsung as a comparison - they obviously recognise who the competition is, especially since Samsung outsold Apple.
El Reg cover the minutai that are important as the headlines
El Reg can't be bothered with immaterial big story, it leaves that to the plagiarising Charles Arthur from the Guardian - the resident Apple Troll to puff up nothing.
Listen to what he says today about Apple non-sales: "sales in world's largest smartphone market beat expectations . He explained that "observers" the launch was "was low-key" - obvious; Apple talk for the huge no-shows.
El Reg goes for the meat, they actually investigate things not just wait for Apple to supply a pre-written story fit for press.
As for Apple, it's a failure as Cupertino doesn't supply the Chinese market needs.
P.S. iThingy 5 just arrived in VietNam - all 6,000 pieces. This in a country where the human population is around 90-million and the handset/cell population (of working units) is 140-million. Another Apple success story?
Who cares about Cisco, they just sell Chinese-made products
Linksys, IMO, has always been a dog product line, made even worse by Cisco's ownership. Besides they are simply Chinese-mad same-same. Save money, buy a Chinese brand, they are really good value for your money. And the hav Cisco back doors.
I like TP-Link, solid and reliable.
Not only that, but the output transmit levels are software controlled and readily available patches allow you to boost the signal and turn them into regular 'broadcasting' stations!
Their TL-WN7200ND unit (unmodified) is good for 15 kilometres over flat terrain (including forests).
BTW, the optimum setting for WiFi is Singapore as country of use. Highest power and most channels - from any make of unit.
Parents should be playing their part
When people have kids, it is incumbent upon them to teach them what they think is wrong and right.
If there is unsuitable movies down the road, they don't expect the cinema to close/
And different viewers have different needs. Two children, sitting in different houses an having different rules best illustrate the point. No one rule fits.
Why should I be denied my vicarious delights just because some lazy parent won't do their job?
Happy Christmas, Gary McKinnon!
And don't forget to thank your Mum and all your supporters for the ten years of support.
P.S. Use an Internet Cafe next time.
Why would anyone in China want an Apple ...
when, for USD$60, I can get a 4-SIM smartphone, unlocked, with numerous features that Apple will undoubtedly copy in the future?
iThingies ... as common as dirt.
"The current rules are inconvenient to travelers..."
If passenger convenience is a criteria, when are those thieving TSA employees going to be replaced?
So much for Jobs infallibility
Guess it's just as well he's not walking around as he would be wiping the egg of his face.
P.S. Reg: Like the edit feature - no excuse for typo's.
So take a high-pass 200Hz filter and ...
place it in the record path.
Rene Christensen, "Active All-Pass Crossover Networks with Equal Resistors and Equal Capacitors", Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol. 54, No. 1/2, 2006 January/February, pp. 45-53.
Alternatively, after all editing has been completed, simply apply a 50 Hz tone and keep Plod amused.
Might be interesting to use on the Watergate tapes with the 18 minute gap.
Routine US Police Occurrence
Tasers are used commonly and just as commonly the management idiots, who weren't at the scene, say it's justifiable.
She should have saved her time; at yesterdays opening of one Apple store shown on Chinese TV there were more Applettes than customers.
Given that the Old Bag Woman Thatcher squandered the wealth from the North Sea by putting the money in the General Revenues, and that there is potential danger in poisoning water and land:
(1) Where are the millions of gallons required for Fracking coming from given that the UK regularly suffers water shortages;
(2) Where the the millions of gallons of waste water generated by Fracking going to be dumped;
(3) What is going happen to the windfall revenue generated from Fracking licences?
Of course this ignores Osborne's proposal to reduce taxes for Frackers and other benefits he and Cameron propose.
Comparing the UK future to that of the US is flawed; the Tories, especially Yeo the guy with the Pink Laptop, have chosen to ignore all the bad things associated with Fracking. The effects will be greater in the UK as the pupulation density is way higher.
The cost associated with this gas source should be tightly accounted for AND tightly tied to the retail price. After all, all that Fracking gas is the property of every UK citizen.
"police do not use such a method to impose or enforce fines"
No, judging from what we have heard about the Murdoch gang, they are much more subtle.
One is "helping journalists in the course of their inquiries" sourcing information and cell numbers. Others handed over some Royals itinerary for a 'donation'.
They do that in many countries, it's called "Soliciting or Accepting a Bribe".
Variety is the spice of life
ICE is security concious, after all they are the ones who chase down kiddy porn dealers and other ne'er-do-wells.
The other thing against RIM is the US preferential supplier (buy US first), after all most Americans think the best things come fro the States ignoring the fact most of their 'things' come from China.
Does Obamarama still use a RIM?
I've got 'Fat Fingers' but I have no trouble ...
but I use a Galaxy Note 2, a wonderful device with screen space measured in, it seems, square feet.
Still Google responded, which is a plus.
"It wasn't me. It was that POS system that swiped my card!"
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