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Browsers and their use will determine the prevailing standard
Even though MS Internet Explorer is ahead by a mile in the browser business, Safari is small potatoes. The ones that will count are Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
MS wins as it is the free and default browser but what will happen when Google's (free?) OS hits the market? Since hardware manufacturers are always seeking ways to improve profits taking on Chrome is a sure fire way to further those goals.
Android has demonstrated that this model works for both Google and manufacturers so it is not too pioneering from others, particularly hardware manufacturers who already have Android products.
Content is another determining factor. If browser users visit YouTube this enhances the adoption of the royalty-free V8 codec. What popular content does Apple or MS offer?
I just checked our company work centre computers and of the 165 computers only one has used Apple's Quicktime in the past three months.
With the DOJ kicking the tires/tyres of MPEG-LA it will force them to put up ... or shut up.
"Eastern District of Texas is traditionally friendly towards patent holders" - not for long
The new patents legislation working it's way through the U.S. congress has, according to press reports, language that is intended to kill off trial venue shopping so companies will have to take their lumps elsewhere.
"RIM and Apple to be the winners compared to other device makers" if you don't want choice
Android is employed in a equal number of handsets as Apple and RIM but the advantage is that the plethora of handset styles and features makes it a better fit for all lifestyles. If you want Motoblur you can have it, if you want HTC Desire features they are sitting there ready for you.
Apple comes in one operating flavour limited, of course, by the foibles of the Walled Garden. Despite what Jobs says, his OS is still number three, according to Nielsen, in North America. When iPhone 5 arrives there will be an opportunity, if it works properly, to redress the lost sales attributed to Lemon 4.
RIM offers a better choice than Apple as it has several models from which to choose.
That Apple pleases the most retirees is understandable as they, like iPhans, just want something that works without being too adventuresome with Jobs looking after the Garden. Having tens of thousands of apps is meaningless unless they can offer a lasting benefit to the user and Jobs' mantra of that we have the apps is simply PR fluff since many are crappy but keep his number rising. How many apps can you load at one time? How many apps do you NEED on a smartphone?
As many opinion forecasters have opined, by 2015 Android will be the leading OS. By then the app market will have matured, junky apps will fade, and then we will be left with the ones that really enhance the smartphone experience.
As for having 'one OS fit all' is yet another example of Jack of all trades and master of none means that something has to be compromised. Tinkering with a common OS to solve a problem in a smartphone application might result in degradation of tablet features so the RIM and Google solution of using OS tailored towards their penultimate use makes more sense than a more generic OS.
For me, personally, I am still looking for the ideal smartphone for my needs and it may well indeed turn out to be a 7" screen unit with telephony features which will serve my total requirements in a single package and, hopefully, with a little ruggedness built into the case.
The answer is obvious ... it's far bloody colder in Canada
Canadians burn their excess calories off trying to keep warm, or chasing hockey pucks and shovelling snow. Often town bylaws require property owners to clear the snow off the side-walks in front of their properties, no doubt with exercise in mind.
It frequently snows in June in Hurst and Geraldton, both in Ontario and both south of Hudsons Bay. Then by late October the winter starts in again.
Still, it's a record that we are happy the Americans have laid claim to.
PS: Could it be all that GM food they eat down south?
The Judge has an interesting bio.
Howard Charles Fraser Riddle, 63, was for 20 years in private practice as a solicitor. He is a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) based at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, first appointed as a Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate in 1995.
He has been a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel since 2004 (deputy chairman since 2007) and was recently appointed as a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Commission.
He is also currently chairman of the legal committee of the Council of Her Majesty’s District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts).
Source: < http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/wilkinson/authors.html >.
Appeals courts get to know their inferior judges and if this Beak has had many judgements overturned, Assange may be SOL.
Would you trust any car running on Microsoft software?
Presumably there is a screen somewhere so we can see the familiar 'blue screen'.
And what hidden features are there sitting ready for activation by Plod?
"the Eurofighter has no stealth features at all." No problem!
In times of conflict the plan could be to fly the Eurofighter around, like decoys, so the enemy would be suckered in to chasing them.
Meanwhile the Raptors could pick off the enemies aircraft and all, hopefully, would be well.
P.S. Not even 'best friends' Britain can get Raptors as no opportunity for export currently exists because the export sale of the F-22 (Raptor) is barred by American federal law
I hope that ...
any royalties or other payments accrue to the benefit of Wikileaks rather than individuals - whomever they may be.
"privilege against self incrimination ... not available in "proceedings for infringement of rights"
My money is that Blair/Brown/Blunkett and possibly even Straw was involved in promoting this legislation.
What defences still exist in the UK? Arrested - you have to spill your defence; computers - you have to cough up the password or go to jail. etc.
Maybe the only defence left is amnesia - or 'Plod took all my notes and I don't recall anything'.
What a sad state of affairs. It's enough to make you immigrate.
Plod and ACPO are too involved. They should butt out of the process.
Plod is little different to anyone involved in computers - they HATE deleting data.
Why is Plod even involved in the records deletion decision making business?
Let's take Canada. It uses the British (common) law principle and it has a great working systems of criminal record handling.
Assume you are convicted of any offence you criminal record remains until after, I believe 3 years the sentence is completed. In the event of a conviction of a felony the conviction remains until 5 years after the sentence is completed.
To have a criminal record suppressed, and I mean really suppressed from the preying eyes of Plod, an application is made by the individual to the Federal Parole Board (as opposed to the provincial boards).
These guys are in the forgiving business: they have street creds on both sides of the bars. They are the guys who let inmates out on parole AND they grant criminal record suppressions. Only a minister can overturn their decisions, say, for example, continued criminal activity.
In UK the usual prejudiced/biased suspects are involved and even after 25-35-whatever years following a persons last criminal conviction they don't issue a 'clear/clean' record there are either the old convictions remaining or, in the case of records for immigration to other countries, a code that indicates to these countries there is a criminal conviction although expired.
Does this really incentivise someone to go straight? I submit not, The UK should adopt the Canadian model as it has a good track record and has been in effect for decades.
What's wrong with making shippers (and purchasers) pay
This tax evasion racket is common in the U.S.A. where several states are running large deficits.
In Canada, outfits in Ontario have to remit taxes (federal and provincial) if they have offices in Ontario as well as their home province. Canada's Customs (whatever fancy name they have been given) get to slap any applicable duty + federal tax + provincial tax.
Now that the Feds are collecting taxes on behalf of more provinces, their income has risen.
Shouldn't be a problem to apply in the UK - give the UK customs another chance to screw up. Eligible people should then be able to claim a refund. Better to collect first and refund second.
No doubt Amazon will try calling the government's bluff - as it does in the U.S.A. Cameron should stare them down.
BTW, how difficult is it to discriminate between flowers and CD/DVD's when writing a tax code?
One name Neil Young should keep in mind and that is ...
Aaron Barr who also shot his mouth off only to eat his words, big time.
Young should also bear in mind that the quality of product matters, not the quantity. Poor games products bore people and then they give up and move on to something else.
His market is so ephemeral that it can disappear in a flash, so he shouldn't be so cocky.
Serial thievery? BTW, how can you copy something that isn't released?
So everyone has no ideas except for the ones that they're stealing from Apple? And just where the hell did Apple get them from? So many of the patent filings with Jobs name on them are prior art. Starting with company name and the IP theft from Xerox. Apple couldn't even copy a rice cooker connector without it burning up!
Still, with the new U.S. legislation coming down around patents maybe some of these claims will fall by the wayside.
And how does RIM get to copy HP when HP's pad is so far off? Perhaps if HP spent less time knocking personalities, starting with Hurd, and concentrated on the tasks at hand they would have a better product.
The Australians are simply trying to ...
out do the U.S. Homeland Security and FBI. This appears to be the criteria they use in so many government activities.
Very sad for a nation that was well known for it's independent thought.
Besides, what do kangaroo's and Kuala Bears or even feral rabbits know that the government has to invade people's privacy so much?
The 3G version is being advertised ...
in SaiGon at £490.04 including 10% tax.
@E2 You forget that iPhans are ...
blessed with talent from Him. Remember, they work 'miracles'.
Maybe the earlier version of the web site was crap, anyway, and anything by way of improvements would make it look good.
From what I remember people had to take a few days before figuring out how to exploit the first model for business.
Not the real thing ...
most likely a body double to fool iPhans.
Stalin had one (Felix Dadaev), Hitler (Gustav Weler), Churchill, too. Saddam had more than one.
So why not Jobs?
Never buy anything early in a production cycle ...
as you don't know what problems will be experienced. Just like the Lemon 4 problems didn't surface for a week or two after release. Given that there have been wholesale hardware changes in this latest Jobs tablet, caution is warranted.
Then there is a new OS and we all know what happened last time!
No one mentioned what screw heads are used, either. And a cover which uses magnets sounds like a recipe for disaster and frustration and only USD$39 yet. But it does have the nibbled fruit logo on it!
Let others be the guinea pigs.
The big question is ...
just how many FB users know how to locate their control panel AND when they do find it, do they know how to use the options.
Certain ages should be banned from being able to share, too.
That picture of Saint Steve is all over sites ...
in China, HongKong and VietNam.
Don't think there is an attributed faith - most likely standard TV bible thumper gear used by all the usual culprits including Robert H. Schuller <https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Robert_H._Schuller > of the California megachurch founded by the television evangelist which hit the bumpers when Wall Street broke the world's banks.
Every iPhan should have one as a screen saver and a wall hanging to remind them of Him.
We must be lucky, then, we have guaranteed minimums
For several years VietNam was in the same position as other countries are now until customers complained so much the national government woke up and really put the boots to the InterNet and cable industries.
They also set up 0800 numbers for filing complaints. Boy, did it work.
Our government telco has 5 speed bands, FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY, from which customers may select their service. In addition there is an 'unlimited' option, on any speed, which means what it says - no limits on downloads and the the final option is dynamic or fixed IP addresses. The guaranteed worse minimums are also stipulated.
The telco will also enter into special contracts for users who want higher bandwidths (speed) with guarantees.
If IP TV (TV over the 'InterNet') is offered where you live in the UK, taking that service means the ISP will have to really condition your line which will also improve your InterNet speeds no end.
If a very big country, when compared to Britain, such as ours, with terrain as varied as Britain's, can get fibre all over the hills and dales one has to wonder just why, with the UK's high population density, is it so difficult to get the fibre out there.
Possible Australia has an answer - have the government organise the fibre backbones, as it does with water and power undertakings because obviously private industry is falling down on the job.
"We trust that AT&T will not take it personally"
I never realised that Chief Justice John Roberts even had a sense of humour.
Did you hear that ...
the U.S. Congress is changing the rules for Jobs favourite repository?
Apple, and Jobs, make ...
Scrooge look good.
How venal can they get?
Will they have worn e-book sales as they do with paper books?
Libraries derive quite a bit of revenue fro selling off 'worn' books.
Does Harper-Collins allow them to do this?
For the iPhan who needs everything
< http://dantri.vcmedia.vn/Uploaded/2011/03/02/steve-jobs-ipad.jpg >
Perhaps The Reg can display it.
China does things it's way for political and intelligence reasons
The Chinese government loves 'backdoors' and whilst it has the InterNet pretty well under control, in their thinking, smartphones represent the next challenge to their hierarchy. There being no physical wires to tie down a user, or to positively identify them, they need to reassert their control.
Look at the kerfuffle over imported WiFi units a short while back - China wanted the 'universal' keys to the encryption.
Anything involving an antenna requires permission (permit) from the Interior Ministry be they two-way radio, satellite dishes, etc. Satellite phones are essentially banned, unless you have a model with an unobtrusive antenna you can sneak through customs.
If you compare the skyline of any Chinese city with Western cities of like size and you will notice the almost total absence of antennae. WiFi is almost non-existent in many cities.
Compare China to HongKong or Cambodia or VietNam, Laos is too poor for high technology, where WiFi is free and open and satellite dishes are as common as front doors. SMS/text is instantaneous whereas in China there can be lengthy delays.
Why should personal use equipment be optimised for Plod?
Plod can take the lumps and go figure out their own solutions for technical challenges. there is no need to add complexity to already complex storage technologies just because MI whatever or others want to read your private files.
It is high time people stood up and said : 'Enough!'. Be it eve's dropping on conversations, geo-location on smartphones or checking electricity consumption for potential pot growers the Plod is everywhere. They don't make people remove insulation from homes so they can use their thermal imaging systems more easily, so why do we have to?
A pox on the lot.
How could the Queen knight someone who thinks he is superior to all beings?
Seriously, what has Jobs done for anyone other than himself? Little.
True, he has spoken in support of spare parts from road kills, etc. but this was only after he had boosted his position on a waiting list outside California.
Gates has put a lot of his cash where his mouth is; he lectures and travels constantly and he is fluent with the work he sponsors.
Personally I think knighthoods should be for those that have allegiance to the Queen which is down to a very few countries and certainly doesn't include the U.S.A.
"Baidu ... a "deep linking" hub spewing out location details about where pirated content is stored "
Just like Google and Bing.
Bloody hypocritical government.
HBgary rep is likely unrecoverable
The HBgary caper has thrown far too much of a spotlight not only on it's activities but als that of U.S. government agencies.
Since they can't even keep their servers safe, nor those of BankAmerica and that they are involved in 'dirty tricks' certainly won't enhance their image.
They have been exposed as an organised scam designed to extract money from government projects that are particularly high profile at this time.
Good riddance to them.
They knew this 68 years ago in the desert
Way back when Montgomery was chasing Rommel around the deserts of North Africa, the tanks had No. 19 sets which had an HF (High Frequency) main transmitter/receiver and a UHF transmitter/receiver compromising, I think, only one or two valves (tubes in North America) - the oscillator was also the 'power' amplifier, the other tube being the FM modulator. (See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Wireless_Set_No._19 >. The UHF unit is next to the power supply connector).
Apart from the tanks in the desert disrupting UHF transmissions in the UK (really), these UHF units could also be detuned off the operating frequency by grabbing the short antenna.
But I guess the Apple antenna specialists are more interested in re-inventing the wheel. Even square ones.
Plod is for more than bashing students, like solving crime
Why wouldn't Plod investigate credit card crime. After all, a small fraud might be a test run for a big one and. as they say, a stitch in time saves nine.
And these guys wanted increased budgets?
"he held secret meetings with fellow Islamic extremists at Heathrow Airport"
Not the best place to hold 'secret meetings' given the high Plod count as well as the security types dressed in blazers plus or all the nondescript security types. Undoubtedly the video tapes provided a trove of information, too.
I see British prosecutors have vivid imaginations, too: "He also tried to enroll as a member of the cabin crew and may have been planning to crash BA's computer systems in an attempt to wreak havoc".
How do they connect cabin crew status with that of crashing BA computer systems?
HBgary fails again? Their rep is way down the drain
This is just another hit on the reputation of HBgary and the gullibility of IT managers of HBgary's reputed infallibility. Sounds like that technique that many of us experience - run this free anti-viru test then they try to sell you a program.
Perhaps the SEC should check up on trading emanating from China and HongKong to see if there were unusual trades following these intrusions.
Must be a first: Underpants fitted with hard drive!
If she was technical enough to have pulled a hard drive she should have used a USB memory loaded with Portable Firefox and then there wouldn't be much to look at on the rest of the computer.
Better still, just keep the OS on the hard drive and use USB hard drives for everything else.
The sad thing is, it's likely true. No more fags after sex - where's the iThingy?
The sad, but likely realistic, thing is that many iPhans do rate their Jobs touchy feeling things more highly than their wives/better halves.
Along with a psychological profile on the buying habits of iPhans, it might be interesting to do a behavioural survey of iPhan spouses to learn more about other aspects of the iPhan personality.
iPhans shouldn't feel bad about mixing up priorities, others do it albeit for other reasons.
Forget Flashing Amber lights, make them Flashing Red
Too many motorists, of which I am one, think that flashing amber lights allow you to go careening through an intersection.
Flashing red lights, on the other hand, require motorists to briefly stop - still much quicker than a traffic light sequence.
A wasted food resource
It is very simple to gather sharks fins.
(1) Catch shark;
(2) Slash all fins off body and store;
(3) Toss finless but living shark in to water to die;
(4) Take boat back to harbour and sell to Chinese food markets.
This slaughter is such a waste - the whole body is discarded just to secure the fins. This happens tens of millions of times each year.
Very short-sighted. I bet most non-connoisseur Westerners couldn't tell the difference between 'cellophane' (clear noodles) and real shark fin soup. They now also sell gelatin as imitation sharks fin soup.
Have a look at: < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWPoSr76ub4 >.
Next application area must come from the military!
DARPA must be salivating over the uses they can apply Kinect technology to.
For building and structure internal surveys they use a monstrous backpack like device, that employs lasers, which undoubtedly cost a fortune. Now they potentially can apply Kinect technology and save time and money.
The potential is practically unlimited.
Jobs asked that his privacy be respected with regard to his health
Therefore we simply ignore his health status and comment on him as normal.
He is the CEO of a publicly held company and is therefore is subject to the normal constrictions they expect. Everything, except his day-t0-day health is fare game.
You should see of the other web sites, one is even running a guess the DOD competition!
No one can accuse the Consumers Union of prejudice but ...
once again it has given the fingers down to the Lemon 4 GSM and CDMA.
This is a definitive test carried out by engineers with no axe to grind or fruit to polish.
After months and months of getting their nose rubbed in it Jobs and company have been unable to do anything to improve the situation notwithstanding the CDMA signalling protocol is a little more forgiving. Claiming the software was wrong will never fix a mechanical problem.
If Jobs stopped saying/implying he is the best or that Cupertino does quality people might cut him a little slack. The fact is he, and some of his employees, are plain out and out liars which doesn't help build confidence in their products.
Oz Customs are a regular pain in the you-know-where
Oz Customs together with their immigration counterparts are a pain. They examine baggage with great zest, poking and peeping in every crevice that could be used to hide something.
They also use a strange set of criteria as to what can be allowed in, and this is apart from the flora and fauna regulations, which are understandable given that it is an island, albeit a bloody big island.
They expect biz types to carry plenty of cash so they can live in the style the customs guys expect you to live in, too.
In fact, in some ways, they are more aggressive than those TSA guys who harass you when you enter the States.
You can imagine what antics these guys could get up to armed with rectal scanners - how will they interpret the difference between airline food and other foreign objects. Presumably they will have waiting rooms surrounded by toilets for dubious passengers to await the call of Nature.
What if Nature doesn't come calling? Are they going to keep you seated or throw you in jail?
Not even the obnoxious TSA has gone that far, yet.
As Australian Tourism says: "There’s nothing like Australia." Thank goodness.
If plastic works so quickly ...
why is it I am always waiting for the damn transaction to be completed at supermarkets, by the person I am waiting behind?
More hot air than functionality, me thinks.
China is not only a plagiariser but also an innovator
Many people have mistaken beliefs about China.
Western industry has provided a good deal/too much IP to Chinese industry in order that widgets can be bashed out more cheaply and render greater profits to the Western company. So don't go blaming all the evils on China.
One thing I discovered was a Do-It-Yourself IC kit. Definitely not a knock-off.
To use it you run up some free software, start checking boxes and linking others together, much as free Printed Circuit software works, and after saving it you then test the functionality with an associated, free, emulator.
Once you have settled on the design you e-mail the file to the factory and it makes 100-1000 pieces for your test purposes. We are not talking big bucks here - 100 pieces of one design cost me $40 + shipping.
My designs were for simple but much in demand items: a headlight modulator/flasher unit for motorcycles and the other was for a horn-button repeater (one-two-three beeps).
For an extremely small additional cost they mounted the IC dies, under black blobs of 'gue', on small PC boards on which the driver transistors, in one case, and the relay in the other, could be mounted.
The horn beeper was ordered in 500 lots whilst the headlamp modulator was only ordered in 200 lots because we had some heat/cooling challenges. Both sell well through accessory shops and keep two women and two men employed constructing and distributing them respectively.
More complex designs can be achieved by daisy-chaining two modules on a PCB.
Another design I saw was traffic light 'sets' interconnected by BlueTooth. Again, using a small software program, the traffic engineer inserts an intersection diagram of roads, marks off the traffic light positions which are automatically numbered. Insert desired timer delays, etc.
A matrix or table appears on the screen in which the light sequences are programmed through checking boxes. An emulator is activated and the lights illuminated to the selected sequence and it is capable of flagging conflicts, etc. Happy with design - shoot the file off to the distributor and a kit of parts, fully identified and programmed, is assembled and shipped.
A four road intersection, with pedestrian walking man signage, typically prices out around $100 - which compares to Western systems priced in the thousands of dollars and using old interconnecting cabling techniques.
This explains how many Chinese products realise economies when compared to the West, so whilst they might copy some designs there is definitely home grown ingenuity at work, too.
Everything for convenience of government; not governance
The government should be adhering to a higher standard as they control most of the levers of power but instead, led by the declining U.S.A., they choose to circumvent existing laws rather than use them. In reality it's a sign of weakness.
The InterNet was designed to be flexible and resistive to attack which is why they find it difficult to control.
How would they propose to control a numbered domain that could use servers based in a less rigid country?
And what would happen if 'criminal' activities, a definition that is currently very broad, uses a numbered domain through which access is gained by named domains not breaking any laws?
Think BUDGETS: if numbers weren't rising nor would ...
Plod is the biggest exploiter of statistics to justify budget increases. Economy in trouble? No sweat, we have a number that will continue to garner larger sums of money.
But it might just be coming to an end in Britain with Cameron's Cuts threatening police budgets. Can anyone explain why the Met, of telephone tap fame, need SEVEN helicopters polluting the skies of London? Most likely used to make sure Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson makes it home in time for dinner.
Perhaps the US finds Huawei equipment too sophisticated to tap ,,,
or compromise they decide to scare potential users to avoid it.
Chinese equipment imported into the USA still has to comply with CALEA which enables the US government to plug straight in to monitor traffic.
The US always plays dirty when it comes to competition. And complains when it is bettered by others.
I see nothing wrong with UK underground services using Huawei equipment, the chances are that there similar systems already in use in China so no funding will be required for design and the British will gain from China's experience. Not all good ideas come from the brains of Westerners.
So easily defeated ...
by using a dumb phone without all the bells & whistles.
Next there will be an App to detect this software.
So next time waiter spits in someone's food ...
as they reportedly do with nasty customers, they can get time, in California?
And this is the state with no money, no jail space and their prison system is operating under a court order for breaching guests rights?
At least Jerry Brown is back as governor - he's the guy who let Timothy Leary out.