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Never have accepted upgrades on the first day
Nver have accepted upgrades on the day of release, just as the company refuses to install OS major revisions until the first 'Service Pack'.
Seems the policy proved correct again.
So much for Apple batteries
Apple is still fighting to justify lengthy battery claims.
They messed with the RF control software and dropped calls trying economise. Now this.
I realise that iPhans like to have decisions made for them but why not simply provide a power control panel and let the owner of the device make their own power allocation decisions?
Would choice reduce the complaints?
Perhaps if the TSA allowed PAX to choose the sex of the person preparing to 'handle your junk' the number of complaints would decrease.
Of course, some of the females employed by TSA might persuade anyone to stick with males.
So why is Hilary's knickers in such a twist over "Nothing really new"
Either Gates is getting senile or Hilary, and Obama, has misjudged the whole thing.
Of course Gates is spinning, the U.S. is very embarrassed - neither can it keep it's own secrets under wraps, it can't even be trusted to keep others secrets secure, either.
Hezbollah must be shaking in their boots
What a wuss of a charge - hacking phones and breaching Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The phones were legally acquired and legally sold on, not like they were like Blue Boxes - which Apple's Jobs made when he was younger - so there was no telecommunications fraud.
Pity we didn't hear about the price differential between the cost of the telephones and the price of the 'heavily subsidised' units.
Perhaps if had made one phone call from each handset he could have claimed they had all been used for personal purposes.
Could Cellco's use this against subscribes who jailbreak their 'subsidised' handsets?
"complaints from Microsoft, ... Foundem and French search site ejustice.fr"
The complainants say all there is to know about the case: two damn American outfits who couldn't make the complaint stick in the U.S. and a Frog outfit who has cultural differences with the predominance of what is, in reality, a pretty good search facility ... for the price - free.
Pay for it and they might have a case.
More than likely a U.S. agency doing what it tells others not to do
The U.S. usually gets all upset and righteous when independent spammers start using dirty tricks against web sites yet all is fine when they use the very same techniques against Wikileaks.
Little wonder that people around the world regard the U.S. with such contempt!
The best quality programming is on Public TV - where is it in MS plans?
With this proliferation of on-line TV, it seems the best is being left behind - the wasteland of American TV has few decent channels.
In Canada there are satellite channels that show TV programming from every province and territory which allows you to appreciate the differing hardships and challenges different communities face.
Unfortunately many of these on-line services will not be offering such variety of programming.
Of course, a challenge that has to be dealt with in Europe are the licencing fees - imagine what the Capita crowd will be up to accusing every computer owner of viewing TV and demanding their financial cut.
Sad squandering of limited public funds
Given the sorry state of council finances across the UK, it is little less than criminal when it comes to installing and maintaining CCTV.
Although the Chinese have done a good job of using their facilities, it requires an enormous amount of manpower to make effective, as well as even more curtailment of civil rights already imposed in the UK.
Compared to most CCTV systems, the Chinese systems are gold plated, not some pickings from a catalogue. Since the State controls prices to a considerable degree, they get the best pricing.
The U.S. has an idea, get the local 'Nosey Parkers' to monitor things using cable channels. Of course monitoring borders is a little less private than looking after your neighbours.
The pointless installation of cameras should cease and only where a use is proven should they in place.
Another Blunkett/Blair legacy
The U.S. has thousands of these country/country agreements around the world. and is an expert in drafting them and simply outfoxed, if that bis the right word when applied to that idiot Blunkett, the UK when negotiating it.
On a scale of car parking to murder, computer hacking is pretty near the bottom and should not be an extraditable offence ESPECIALLY since the crime originated on UK soil.
The French have a pretty good answer for this: "Non!"
Cracking MS was less for demand and more because to prove MS is as bad as Apple
No doubt the jailbreakers did this, not for demand or OS popularity, rather just to prove MS is no better than iOS or numerous other locked down platforms.
Colour anyone embarrassing the U.S. a terrorist, then break the law persecuting them!
American lawmakers are hypocrites. The concept of rule of law is a nice phrase which they conveniently forget when it suits their purposes.
The Patriot Act breached The U.S. Constitution, but no government prosecutor wants to go near a court with it. So the U.S. Congress will pass yet more illegal laws, no doubt trying to make them retroactive - which courts often reject.
As for 'locking the data down' - this should have happened way back when the Army arrested their man.
Wouldn't have happened in China - they monitor computer terminals and would have caught this leak when it started.
Software inventorying a complete joke.
MS has persuaded the Vietnamese government to audit both business and government use of software.
The government declared all of it's operations would switch to Linux - which they did. Unfortunately many users resorted to dual booting machines as their custom software was written for Windows. A recent visit to our local Traffic Plod confirmed to my eyes Windows was still in use.
Business audits are preceded by the local Plod visiting all places to be inspected and establishing a convenient timetable. This allows us to get the sharing of original disks organised, as well as going down to the bank to get some cash to pay Plod off with.
At the end of the day the Plod gets richer and business enters the value of the bribes in the 'other expenses' column.
Apple Tosh ... not a recipe ...
actually the name of the process where some brainless scientist gets together with a guileless patent attorney and dream up, or re-engineer an existing patent, and produce sketches and prose that is sufficiently obtuse to confuse the American Patents Office.
"not only tramples on due process"
The U.S. Government no longer recognises the 3-legged principle of government proposed by the founders.
Having trashed The Constitution, with minimal objections, it is now going after the courts who don't seem to be toeing the governments line.
Guess they will be seizing personal property assets next, bypassing all the niceties of procedure.
And what did Obama graduate as?
Poetic Justice. American government funded technology shafts sponsor!
DARPA was the Pentagon-funded outfit that developed the InterNet and now it's shafted by it. How glorious. How poetic.
Perhaps the Pentagon should keep a tighter rein on DARPA, who knows what other great ideas are coming.
As for those people who aren't impressed, they don't count the shareholders of Bank of America in their number. Wikileaks next announced target, Wall Street, has already taken a large chunk of worth from BoA!
Keep up the good work, Assange.
The Chinese used to do this big time, then they figured out why they were so ill
All over rural China you see methane generators where 'night soil', so called as it earlier collected overnight, would be placed and it's degeneration would cause the gas. It's used for cooking and water boiling.
Only the poorest of peasant farmers use this excrement, as the risk of illness is offset by their desire not to die of starvation. Even moderately wealthy farmers buy 'artificial' fertilisers as the added cost is more than offset by the increase in crop output.
Here in VietNam around 94% of sewage is dumped UNTREATED into our lakes, rivers and the sea. Even farmers on the banks of these polluted waterways - think SaiGon has around 12-million rear ends - don't use river water to irrigate their crops.
How ill-informed can this UK outfit be? They must be funded by pig and chicken farmers looking for a place to dump their shit. Imagine the NHS costs?
Great idea! Protecting the impressionable from bad information.
What a great scheme. It seems that all the squares of this world are busy building yet another walled world.
How will they propagate their pap?
Tea plantation workers have a great amplifier
I visited a tea plantation last year and out in the fields you could hear the feint tones of the local music.
On closer investigation, many leaf pickers had their own personal, non-fruit, music reproducers. Not being loud enough to be heard un-aided, they placed their devices in buckets which made the music loud enough for them to enjoy.
Very 'Green', too, no power needed.
"they weren't likely to make changes anytime soon"
That's because their guru is out in the perfumed garden with his head in the sandbox pretending the world is perfect.
And they think fruit machines are secure enough for business? Bush, the saviour of Iraq, uses fruit products, which should be warning enough.
Tell these commercial rip-off artists to go take a jump
Every where the Olympics are held is preceded by a drive to stamp out the use of anything with OLYMPI .... the name.
When the international commercial extortion scheme went to Canada they even chased down restaurants all over the country even if they had been using the name for years. One, owned by proud Greek, fought them and won. Others, with less fortitude, caved in to the pressure.
When Greece helped itself into bankruptcy by hosting the Samaranch glorification celebrations the Ico had a problem since not only the national carrier used 'their' name, but so to did a lot of proud Greek businessmen.
It all started with that old reprobate Samaranch, who was involved STILL as Honorary President for Life of the International Olympic Committee and still had his snout in the trough until he died, who managed to get his son a permanent job with the IOC.
Many entities have used the word Olympic before the IOC even came along and has since spent a lot of time and money trying to persuade governments they own the word.
ICANN should tell the IOC to go whistle Dixie ... unfortunately both entities have things in common, one being some members are self-worshipping, incestuous, glory seeking bastards.
Has the author checked the sales numbers?
Only last week one story was entitled "Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site" < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/26/windows_phone_7_sales/ > puts the lie to todays piece which tries to suggest there is even a fight.
Personally i think Google should adopt the PC Windows schema. Updates to the OS can come independently of any other application. The manufacturer's UI is the equivalent of the PC desktop can have it's functions supported by the updated OS until the manufacturer extracts the digit and updates his UI.
Likewise with Cellco's. Since the relationship between the Cellco's and manufacturers is a closer one than Google and the Cellco's, they could co-operate in upgrades. The user should, however, have the option of using the 'no frills' Google OS until the manufacturers/Cellco's get their acts together.
Microsoft has too much baggage to garner a mass of support such as Google has. MS abandoned the users of it's earlier OS, there is a permanent 'hate' in a large number of people for MS - all challenges that require energy to overcome.
Google, on the other hand, is coming up big time in the pad/tablet business with many diverse manufacturers adopting the Android OS. This is an arena MS hasn't even got it's nose in the door.
WP7 challengers are way below Android, MS might have attractions for the suits that carry RIM, but RIM has a solid world market. The world is not North America, there are distinct areas where different OS choices are favoured.
And then there is China. Forget your expensive bling phones, other than in BeiJing or ShangHai, the mass of Chinese citizenry want value for money and that likely doesn't include MS. Android is the OS of choice for the Chinese entrepreneurs - not MS.
Google has a little housekeeping to do, then the question posed by the article's title will be redundant.
Wikileaks underscores the fact You Cannot Trust Government, most ANY government
The Wikileaks release is a great service to the public: it illustrates that the U.S. is a government that cannot be trusted - it has already passed legislation that bypasses the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, so why should anyone have faith in any agreement or document it's seal is appended to?
This bastion of secrets is no better than a kitchen cullender - hell it's messages rated 'Secret' can be legally read by some 3-million people, ordinarily. Today the number is much greater!
Just post the rest, Wikileaks, forget about the redacting.
Unless there are special arrangements, it keeps local censorious bastards away
My country of residence has light touch InterNet censoring, mainly to keep rabid anti-government propaganda and Facebook, away from the population.
My company installed HongKong satellite-based InterNet feeds to our offices which means we have no politically inspired 'service interruptions'. Hopefully the WTF band of do gooders that the UK government has appointed to keep InterNet users minds pristine and free from natural instincts can't get their hands on his service.
How much more of the Blunkett/Blair/Brown legacy has yet to be removed?
If Plod is getting one of these microwave portables they will only use one ...
setting - High. Of course the military use carries different risks, one of the intended warmees might turn around and use your basic AK-47 and simply show how old technology often out guns new tech.
When it comes to Plod, equating their meaningless "To serve and protect" and the equally meaningless name changes from "Force' to 'Service' to what they actually do to the public - treat them all like enemies - is hard, then they wonder why the victim public doesn't stand up and 'support their local Plod'.
If anyone treaties me in a defined manner, I am likely to respond in kind. The Plod in the recent student riots did much to antagonise the crowds. Personally, had anyone used ice picks, marbles or chile powder (horses do breath), on the horses I would have not been upset. Once again, Plod went overboard - no way was it 'crowd control'.
The population elects the Pols who immediately forget about the process and condone all this abuse of their electorate.
In the States, the Pigs act like near military with their armoured personnel carriers, robots running around blowing up correct and incorrect targets, tasering people to death - remember how the much vaunted RCMP killing in Vancouver of a legal immigrant who lacked any knowledge of English? He was killed on the very day he landed in Canada to start a new life. Sure was a 'new life' - cut up in morgue. The was completely unnecessary since the murder victim was already being held in a secure room.
The Rodney King assault, the murders - by police - of those attending a wedding party.
Before any more life endangering high tech weaponry is handed to Plod, or Pig, a serious evaluation of how the public should be treated is needed.
@ Illegality not yet confirmed
Sorry, you are wrong. If they had been found NOT GUILTY they would not be appealing their conviction and sentence.
If they absolutely nothing the police would arrest them and return them to jail.
Not like the olde days ...
they would have keel hauled them, likely causing their deaths.
Still, thanks guys for making Bittorrents of now now existent recordings available. Much appreciated.
Brings to mind one of the Boulting Brothers
He was a director of the film company and he claimed he wasn't an employee (for tax purposes you know).
The learned Beak held he was. Pay the tax!
P.S. Where's Hailey Mills these days?
£6,628 or 3-months? Cheaper to do the time and get 30% off
The stuff he allegedly sold, military-issued boots, rucksacks and ration packs, is peanuts to what goes on in the U.S. military.
There you can get good stuff like laser guide lights (used by drones to target bombs); night vision gear, guns, etc.
King of dumb to use e-Bay, Craigs List would leave far less of an evidence trail.
Deja vu, all over again
This film reminds of the early days of colour TV when hucksters used to sell colour 'conversion' kits to gullible owners of black and white TV's.
The conversion kit was simply a film that had a band of sky blue at the top that faded into the transparent film colour and a band of green that darkened towards the bottom edge.
The theory was most scenes were bluish at the top and greenish at the bottom - which worked well for cowboy movies. The scam artists selling these kits, from P.O. Boxes in NYC, made a killing.
Still these films for tThingies will serve a purpose: either stopping the glass from getting scratched or, in case of breakage, minimising harm to the iPhan.
Maybe Microsoft should copy Apple
They could write an App so a WinFone 7 could do something with their seemingly successful Kinect controller box, or sell Kinect with 2 WinFones.
Then MS could have a TV box ...
It seems to be a cultural thing
In my travels I notice that some societies, North American and SE Asian, look for more economic opportunities than others such as Europe or South America.
Some companies, like HP, claim they have some magical additive that improves performance BUT they DO have semiconductor or mechanical devices to make resetting impossible for not quite empty or refilled heads - these semiconductor replacements are on sale in North America and SE Asia.
Personally I like those Brother network printers - I have seen them working in mining operations underground, supplied as power station equipment, and gracing elegant offices. They take refills / after market toner without an argument.
Crazy! ALL taxpayers PAY so a privileged FEW can call? Britain is nuts.
Why is it that other countries actually SELL the rights to cell companies to place their signals in subways yet London is going to PAY someone to do it.
Something is wrong. Or the thinking is wrong.
The technology is simple: lengths of 'leaky co-ax' antenna fed from technology cubicles at each station. Stations and those 'American Wear Wolf in London' passages and stairs can be covered by access point antennae or yet more leaky co-ax.
The corporate infrastructure is more tricky. Often a holding company, owned by the railway operator, owns the infrastructure and simply rents access to it by anyone wanting to place signals in the tunnels.
Why it has to be tied to the Olympics is beyond me, no one seemed to be too unhappy before cells took over our lives.
There is absolutely NO reason for the taxpayer to be paying ANYTHING!
So go and bang them out in another State
where they don't have this law.
Then give a derogatory name which Jobs will never claim is him.
A fine example of the American education system
This woman, who shares features with the moose, typifies what is wrong with the American education - it doesn't work. Many Americans have little knowledge about their own country and even less about the world.
Imagine if she ever achieved any office of consequence - she would be busy supporting the wrong people - hell she would be shipping arms to the Taliban.
Everyone, except Palin, knows the bad guys are in North Korea and have been since before she was born.
Credit cards cancelled, mortgage under water, potential job losses
So where is the money coming from to once again indulge these spoilt little Demons?
I think there will be a lot of disappointed faces on Christmas morning.
Health data is so commercially valuable
There are health credit type bureaus dotted around that collect data about any claim on private insurance be it a procedure, medication or a doctors visit.
This data is then sold on to life insurers, auto insurers, etc. who use the data to assess an individual for coverage.
Letting anyone, other than patients or medical service providers, is little less than criminal and the ICO should wade into this one immediately.
So why is the Pentagon so wound up? It's States problem, surely
I don't know why Wikileaks even bothered to redact some of the info - they should have just outed the lot.
At least the U.S. government would treat Wikileaks with respect.
Why, in the first place, would the military need this stuff, anyway?
No problem: Re-assign them to picket duty!
Picket ships just sit around bobbing up and down not doing much.
They would not need their engines except to sail home for leave.
Just to think that the British Navy was the biggest afloat in WW2. And now ...
Do we really care if FB can't look after it's housekeeping?
What else should users expect from FB?
It doesn't care about users, it only wants to make money from them.
@ What's the point in these fines?
The fines will make the office of the ICO self-financing and therefore a zero cost to government.
It's win win situation, the IcO keeps his job and the Exchequer appreciates the cash.
How refreshing, how different: Major OS owner admits defects:
Unlike a certain walled, perfumed California garden where everything is declared to be perfect Google, without any prevarication, openly admits an error. Obviously the response of an entity with credibility.
Others pretend there is no problem whilst working their butts of to correct the deficiencies.
That's the difference thee zeroes can make!
What a difference three little zeroes had made to SAP's bottom line.
Guess SAP's lawyers won't be seeing their bonus.
Froe Wynachten, SAP!
Reminds me of a Montreal electronics wholesaler ...
who used to buy sub-spec chips and then re-brand them suggesting they, too, were of Mil-spec grade.
Then they sold them surreptitiously to China.
The international con job was discovered when a Communist China pilot checked out his aircraft and flew to TaiWan where the Americans did a tear down!
Another reason for manufacturing in the USA
If these were manufactured in the States, at least the ITC would be eliminated. And actually employ some people.
Shipping product into the States, without software, which would be injected post-arrival is a technique employed by several manufacturers, including Canadian companies.
U.S. patent law is a mess, even MS' Ballmer agrees to this point, and software patents should either be eliminated or limited to, say, 5 years. Mind you, Apple's patent lawyer troll would be looking for work, no more prior art patents to file.
reading you today has paid off yet again!
More planning needed: and you think Americans and British don't spy?
This sloppy handling of allegedly stolen data is more indicative that it was was an individual initiative rather than an organised spy ring. No sane person would return carrying purloined goods - besides since the engineer carrier a corporate computer, who knows where the data actually came from. Mind you, downloading stuff on the eve of your departure is kind of dumb.
Diplomatic courier systems are used to carry information in and out which further suggests it was not officially condoned or supported.
I have been involved in the design of equipment in years past and I have the software work as well as incomplete finished physical product in my possession still. I wasn't stealing anything more that it was to illustrate my abilities/accomplishments - the design evolved within me so it would be hard to steal.
Some of the product knowledge is still valid and should I work for a competitor it is nigh on impossible not to transfer ideas or information.
And if you think the Americans or British are innocents in these matters, think again. 20-30 years ago my work took me to 'interesting' destinations and on many occasions some character(s) would later appear, after our corporate reports had been submitted, and question us on what appeared bizarre subjects and only later, when the dots were connected, did we surmise what the interests were. When asked by immigration: "Where did you visit" isn't such an innocent question. "All over" is a good but meaningless response. Equally: "What was the purpose of your visit" - tourism is a good answer!
On fewer occasions we had pre-trip briefings where this odd job character would suggest we take an interest in various non-work related matters.
This is standard practice. Where my home is physically located is of interest to the Americans (think human rights) and whilst their embassy guys require permission and escorts to visit the area at certain times of interest, I get to roam free as a resident.
I have been asked for soil and vegetation samples and even for small scraps of metal - I can, now, figure out why. Also electrical & communication cables, antennae, etc.
In industry, many companies offer competitors sample products at near cost prices, if not free. All car companies buy 'samples' for tear down whether for patent infringement or to learn of new manufacturing techniques.
Older readers might recall Greville Wynne; how about Denis Sugrue - see < http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Galway-businessman-says-US-considers-him-a-spy-102846919.html >.
Likely the only reason the Americans are highlighting this case is as a warning to other would-be spies.
At least the ladies won't need hand mirrors
With two shiny screens this unit is as good as a make-up desk.
Which OS are they contemplating using? Two LCD screens could spell trouble - buying an extended warranty is a must.
Of course, if they build this they will have something not even Jobs has in his toy box.
Acer: The big question remains support and honouring warranty!
With near custom devices as pads are, very important factors will be hardware support and honouring the warranty.
Acer's historical record hasn't been, in my experience, exactly valiant in these respects. For example, when a rubber foot fell off one of their better computers, the purchase of a case was required to effect repairs. Real wastage of material and money.
Make Money, Not War: ancient Chinese fortune cookie saying
This is typical pragmatic Chinese thinking. Let others fight the wars and HTC will continue making money.
Hard to argue with success.
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