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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!"
Banks, like insurers, always seek a way out without paying up!
Google on Apple
People are defending Apple. I have a single question: Why did Apple ever publish Crappy Mappy using Black and White satellite pictures?
I have bought satellite pictures for my home/business/hotel in one city and for a second hotel in another city. They were in colour and less than 4 months old. If I, a financially distraught person compared to Apple, can do this, why didn't Apple?
Google isn't perfect, but they are very good. They show highways and bridges within a week or two of their being placed in to service. They occasionally confuse people who don't study the Google Maps by showing a ferry boat with a symbol much like a road.
But Google, and everyone one who prints maps omit two streets in the former Imperial capital of Hue! No one, but no one has got this right, yet. And these two streets are big enough to have two hotels.
China and VietNam re-aligned their common borders (when China lost the 1979 invasion, VietNam grabbed a little extra back) and sure enough, Google was there, virtually, almost tracking the workers who hauled the huge marker stones to their new positions.
Everyone seems to ignore the fact that most of Google Maps are free - to the user - and they should be cut a little slack when they have errors. Apple didn't have only "a few errors".
Damages, you say?
I like round numbers, as does Apple, Let's settle for USD$1,000,000,000, plus triple damages and costs?
Happy Christmas, Cupertino.
(Bet Apple appeals - tainted jury, etc., etc,)
Internet Explorer? Oh, yes ...
it's one of the things we remove when installing Windows, along with a whole lot of other fat ware.
We practice safe(r) browsing.
Why should we believe Goldman Sachs - crooks too big to fail?
Anyone who saw Goldman Sachs Blankfein testifying before the US Congress might wonder why his nose didn't grow a few feet.
So why should the tech industry put any faith in what GS mutters - they are in it for the money. Your money.
And where does his data come from?
Copy software sold hereabouts have all those little 'feelers' that reach out to Mother MS have been neutered so if his data is from MS Blankfein and gang are wrong. Again. As they were with FB - down, down, down.
The tech industry is very fickle. Just because Apple product placement manages to plaster CIS Wherever with fake pads doesn't mean they are actually going to have a viable use in business.
Had GS not been busy fiddling shortages two years ago, undoubtedly the bald-head fraud artist would have been poo-pooing 7" screens. Bet GS has ,ore fixed screens that pads.
find the gallery here on a Vietnamese forum with bandwidth issues
The 'bandwidth issues", if referring to speed, arise from the fact our international links are continually broken by fishermen.
Luckily, I can access El Reg - this time served from Rackspace, USA.
Have you ever seen the trashland they call satellite TV?
In many countries Foreign services are delivered via satellite television, usually guarded by less than effective encryption - the keycard updates are downloadable for a small donation to a card pirate.
Overnight airtime goes for as little as USD$100 per hour, which is why infomercials and religious nuts fill the airwaves. Do people really want to invest in high-end TV receivers to watch this? The commercial cable TV systems are losing business.
Satellite TV channels in the USA pour pour pure video trash down from the skies. Much of it is duplicated on competing channels. I Love Lucy, circa October 1951 to May1957, can still be seen on the air. That's when Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men, a BBC television series, were in their heyday, circa 1952-1954.
We have no TV sets in my house, yes, we can see TV programming on computer monitors but my daughter has to make a choice - computer or TV.
Quite honestly, I think people will spend money on more interactive pursuits other than waving their arms around in front of a Samsung TV set.
Better register a patent, QUICK!
Before Apple does!
Re: What's with the Apple fixation?
It's NOT a 'fixation' it's a natural reaction to a bunch of California a*seholes who keep on proclaiming they are perfect,
They, like their dead leader, have never been able to walk on water, either.
We don't have licences, so there's nothing to audit and ...
besides, we get all our software from the stores down the road, or PirateBay et al.
A techie from the Plod (called Cong An - Peoples Police) arrives but they give everyone a few days notice so all our affairs are in order.
We have some MS stuff, but all the companies in town share a pile of disks and they are switched from business to business in time for Plod to see them. They also check out satellite dishes are pointing in the direction of a VN satellite, which means we have to get the dish man in to realign the antennae on our favourite satellites. And all our passworded screen savers say Linux.
The various levels of government use copy software, but MS is banned from inspecting them as they contain 'State Secrets'.
I didn't know there was a Jesish Christmas?
Between Sunset, December 8 to nightfall, December 16, 2012 they celebrated Festival of Lights, Festival of Dedication.
MAY, the token female minister and totally useless at it
Beats me how May is still a minister. She has been the author of so many failures. The police were alienated over labour cuts; she surrenders her responsibilities tp that collection of old has-beens called CPO.
She screwed up the UKBA, who have completely lost control of illegal immigrants.
Now, her nutty privacy elimination program has hit a large rock. She doesn't know what she is asking for but simply parroting the demands of GCHQ who, in turn, want to become a US NSA. Totally facile.
With millions of CCTV cameras littering the countryside and she still can't predict or interdict terrorist attacks, although she can look at them in glorious HD format - after the fact.
Even worse, this technology from the hapless BAE costing even more than the Americans 'gold plated' version.
US Government: The worlds biggest data sieve
The US keeps on flaunting it's technical prowess. If this is true how come so much of their data leaks?
Little wonder China saves so much on military R & D; The Congress should forget about Chinese backdoors and get the 'experts' to stick their fingers in the leaking dykes of US IT.
Re: Ah, Google-Nokia's maps will soon put Google Streetview
If the idiot Canadian doesn't bankrupt them first.
When Stephen Elop took the reins of Nokia , the company was flying high, contrary to what Americans may think. Guess he is a MS trojan designed to make Nokia fail. Then MS can flog a few cell [hones.
Google: Bringing the jobs home to the USA?
This should be good news for Obama.
Separating development from production actually robs R & D of knowledge and techniques learned of in production. This is a weakness of Apple as illustrated by their V5 scratched back plates.
All smart manufacturers encourage their development people to mingle with the production lines, observing how they do things. At Ford Canada they actually segregated the 'laziest' workers in to a pre-production facility and video-taped their work.
From the observed short-cuts by these 'lazy' workers manufacturing adapted their lines to incorporate these time saving strategies.
'Tis a lesson you should heed,
'Tis a lesson you should heed, Try, try again. If at first you do n't succeed, Try, try again.
[1840 T. H. Palmer Teacher's Manual 223] - Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs: (Home > Library > Religion & Spirituality > Proverbs)
One day may be the Hackers will be successful.
The Home Office still banned him from explaining his case to Parliament.
This dumb c*w who is supposed to be the Home Secretary has more lives than a litter of cats.
If the intelligence guy saw fit to shoot off in a public forum, the failure to produce him to Parliament is simply May and Cameron giving the V-sign to the nation.
The chances are it will be yet another screw-up in a long series of governmental screw-ups. These systems will only catch idiots, professional terrorists use leading edge technology, And they think a fail rate of 16.7% is acceptable.
The Americans have already invested in technology so the UK should set up a sharing arrangement. If the US have problems with this concept, the UK should simply tell them to take all their satellite junk out of Menwith Hill, Yorkshire. That would get the UK respect.
The Americans call this playing hardball. It's what they do all the time.
Meanwhile, there is Silent Circle, TOR and PGP.
That's not a leaf, it's a ...
facsimile of a certain biological feature of female homo sapiens.
Apple doesn't need anything more than a pile of nuts ... which totally encapsulates their corporate mentality.
Already they are databasing insurance provided services
In Boston there is a computer complex that records all the drugs and services provided to North American patients. I say North American because many people in Canada have drug (medicine) paid for by insurance plans. As the system is in the States, the Canadian laws against using the SIN (Social Insurance Number) as an identifier are ignored.
Anyone applying for insurance has their information checked against this medical 'credit bureau' and if judged a financial risk, coverage is denied or deductibles raised so high that insurance is almost worthless.
So our medical records (i.e.doctor and hospital) are confidential? Not really, as insurers simply ask for a release and then they have access to our every intimacy.
There is not much more private than DNA, which is why police want access and why insurers want access. Better stand up NOW and tell that prized idiot Cameron to forget it. Any provisions against divulging your DNA profile are useless as all it takes is a judge a and a policeman lying his teeth off. Not too uncommon these days.
Governments cannot be trusted and manic course to strip citizens of all and any privacy has t be fought now, not after the b*stards have nothing left to exploit.
How come, I ask, does Cameron find the money to fund these hair brained schemes yet none to make the NHS do it's prime duty - helping heal people, expeditiously?
Why doesn't Apple simply 'Man Up'?
Apple has done what is allegedly the hardest thing to do, to say Sorry. CEO Tim Cook did the moral and legally correct thing.
Now that he has done that, Apple should go the next step, withdraw Crappy Mappy App and, temporarily, re-instate Google Maps.
We are looking at more than simple corporate profits here, we are talking peoples lives. Newspapers are replete with examples of how people religiously follow their GPS devices and end up stranded / jammed in to some isolated spot with no means of help. Whether it is dumb or smart, people put their faith in technology?
Even the historical suppliers of GPS, Garmin, screw up big time. Their mapping of VietNam and Cambodia are, at worst case, up to 15 kilometres wrong in places. And I am talking dedicated devices, not some car-mounted things.
Mapquest and other Third Party mappers all have serious errors.
I recently acquired a Samsung product that has Google Maps on it and whilst it has limited GPS functions compared a dedicated GPS receiver - I have three different types - Google is amazingly accurate and complete. In fact is has roads marked that are still in the throes of completion. (It still, like all electronic maps as well as a few paper maps has two old streets missing in Hue, VietNam).
So, Apple, go the extra step, swallow your pride, revert to Google and save a life.
US Strategy of Negotiation: Our Way or the Highway
The US obviously hasn't recognised that it is a fading star, it is in it's Big Bang era - just before becomes a hole.
Of course, this has happened at a speed greater than the collapse / disappearance of the British 'Empire'. Plus the US exists solely on borrowing - if the Chinese ever ca;l;ed their loans in the US would default.
Perhaps it is time to kill the veto of the UN so everyone is treated as equal.
This is BAD news for ...
lawyers, litigants actually talking to each other?
Perhaps there will be another 'accidental' meeting again, as there was between Jobs and Schmidt, and whole bunch of other stupidity will be sorted out.
With Apple shares off 25% from it's peak, both sides would benefit on the stock markets. I read that Wall Street is a little concerned about innovation and if TV is to be the next arena, given the raging sales of Android products against those of Apple, and the obvious tie in between smartphones and whatever happens in the TV area, the faster someone actually gets to market, the faster they will make money.
Simple, boycott Foxconn and let their customers, your suppliers, know
I am aching my employer to add a line to supply contracts:
The Vendor certifies that the products supplied contain zero content from any entity owned by Foxconn.
If you buy App;e products, tell Apple what you think.
Foxconn - pore scum.
So Samsung wins the ...
Christmas sales season.
And with the profits accumulated, they are making hay. And all the models complained of by Apple are in a past catalogue.
Could it be the Courts are getting tired of all these patent claims and will simply give them short shrift as some judges have done already?
Perhaps 'cool' evaluations, as awarded in the UK, will keep Apple happy?
Good for California!
Too often Big (US) Business gets away with murder. The only thing they understand is money.
Besides, California needs the fine money - it's broke.
"Over time there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the US"
Apple really solved this challenge.
Now they are glueing iThingies together. This means they are generally unserviceable and defective units are only fit for the garbage dump.
A really, really 'Green' solution.
I wonder if Apple, in their competitor product strip downs, ever have wondered why others batteries are removable and that they actually use screws?
One thing Apple is now facing - America actually has Labour Laws which means no 7 day work weeks and unpaid overtime such as the Foxconn plants operate under in China.
It's not 'palstic; ...
it's polymer - that notes are made from now..
As for the IT part of the story - do you really think the US Congress would allow it to happen with their 'back door' paranoia?
U.S.A. exposed for what it is ... a lawless country
The U.S. AG Holder has discovered that not all countries have signed on to his "laws be damned" routine that is SOP for that country these days.
And the NZ government, and in particular the judiciary, are to be congratulated on not capitulating to the illegal, heavy handed techniques of the FBI, etc.
Canadians are ong accustomed to the USA treating our country as theirs, we have even had Americans come over the border and arrest and detain people, without the benefit of Canadian court support, and inveigle them back to the USA.
Fortunately, the then Canadian government had the kidnapped party returned to Canada. Wouldn't happen these days with a Conservative government led by a wimp who makes toilet paper look like a tower of strength.
Mind you, if Dot.Com does get his free trip to the US he needn't expect anything less than their citizen Manning got.
Funny how all this 'news' pops up when ...
the government is trying to work some quickies on Parliament. Old tactic, doesn't work any more.
This should be read in conjunction with May's 1.6-billion waste of money for GCHQ toys.
Remember when it was the fashion to leave a gap between your tie knot and collar?
About 1986 it was the 'in fashion' to have ties done this way. At least for younger set.
In walks your Mister Smartypants, dressed at age 20 in a very expensive suit, with the air of "when do I start"? There was that equally fashionable and expensive tie staring me in the face bugging me throughout the interview.
I chose a female engineer, who had a permanent 'bad hair day', who had met Mr. Smartpants in the waiting room. Smartypants inquired of the results, even though letters had been sent, and I remarked the position had been filled by a woman who had a .Masters degree
His response was that, in his opinion, I had a made a 'mistake' as she had no sense of dress style and her hair was a mess! I replied I was hiring an engineer, not a fashion statement. She subsequently left and joined Nortel becoming a senior engineer.
Michele Bachmann felt so outraged ... that she introduced the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act
And you wonder why the US is in such a mess with kooks like Bachmann in office?
It doesn't harm to give neophytes a head up now and again ...
Judging by the great unwashed using Facebook and hanging the entrails of their lives on public washing lines for all to see little wonder a large segment has no concern about privacy.
Spooks will only find airheads using social web sites. For years drug dealers have been using Lonely Planet, a BBC Worldwide company, but seemingly they have more reliable communications now.
Bin Laden and Company are well versed in secure communications, along with IUDs, etc. They were tapping into the plain video feeds for the longest time using a handy dandy Russian software offering available for a few pounds.
THIS is the why Cameron and May are so short-sighted/dumb because the people they have an interest in are way ahead of the game with PGP and now Silent Circle. RIM was always handy for passing cryptic messages but what with a server in the UK, UK badboys should be using alternate means.
And 1,600,000,000 for a pile of electronics that is far more expensive than that networked system used by the FBI. No government can prevent surreptitious communications, they can only make a little more difficult. They have lost the battle before they have started..
But at least with the millions of CCTV cameras and number plate readers blighting the countryside, at least the spooks will have something to watch during working hours, even it is just re-runs of how the badboys did an end run around Plod and GCHQ.
Meanwhile, social programs including the NHS are denuded of funding, the elderly have to make lifestyle decisions between having light, having heat or eating cat or dog food. Take the 'Great' of Great Britain.
If you don't want freedom fighters expressing their annoyance with bLIAR sticking his nose in to Arab disputes, just ignore the stupidities. Bin Laden won, the US is broke, financially and morally, and they are still a bunch of nervous Nellies waiting for the next surprise.
Reduce the effectivity of Paents to ...
fifteen months at which time they should be expired.
Electronics moves too fast for a patent to be worth that much anyway.
Most people wouldn't like their dirty laundry hung out to dry
In the States you can check on almost any offence a person is convicted of. In fact the authorities make a point in notifying individuals of offenders in their area.
Making judgements / proclamations about cases when a person was not present in court is a futile endeavour. I have sat on juries and heard the prosecution and started thinking 'toss the key' yet when the defence presented their evidence a lot of the police / Crown suppositions evaporated.
Some professions are always in and out of courts, including police, medical professionals, etc. There have been cases where such practitioners were accused of crimes and harassed or driven out of their homes because the ignorant mass thought they were criminals when in fact they were expert witnesses.
Take the Sevile matter: Glad was arrested and released, but has convictions in competent courts of law (and that doesn't include VietNam); Sevile has never been deemed by a competent authority to have been proven beyond reasonable doubt to be a child molester, neither has the late MP Smith.
For all his alleged evil, Sevile's charities did good but that seems to be conveniently overlooked in this crowd-driven uproar. Mind you the police offering opinions doesn't add much to the discussion, as they are not charged with issuing opinions. Likewise the former policeman, now a self-proclaimed expert on child abuse, is, through his endless verbal diarrhoea, simply promoting his business.
Once a person has been convicted, and completed whatever sentence was awarded, they should be allowed to continue their lives without interference from do-gooders and busybodies. The job of the police is to take appropriate precautions.
Remember Profumo? He paid for his mistake and then followed it with a life of service to the community and was, I seem to remember, before his death, restored to good standing by the Queen.
If the rabble want to publish the paedophile convictions, then let everyone's criminal record be made available on-line so we can see who the thieves, shop-lifters and drunk drivers are.
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