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Jobs couldn't copy Chinese tablets or even copy Japanese rice cooker connectors, either
Funny how millions of these connectors have been successfully manufactured for use on water boiling units, rice cookers, etc. - all with minimal problems.
Yet Apple has had nothing but problems including frayed cords, burned contacts, shorted contacts, etc. Once again Jobs tried to make something unique with a single source supplier, aka monopoly, but failed.
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." (Shakespeare's Hamlet)
What ever the significance of the releases, Wikileaks has scored.
Never, EVER, forget the callous way in which US pilots murdered Reuters reporters as if they were hunting.
Bad enough friendly fire, cold bloodied murder takes the biscuit.
Jobs:" ... our own battery chemistry ..."
This must be the reason why Apple had to swap out hundreds of thousands of batteries in Japan, and the cause of batteries exploding in Europe.
They also have unique requirements ... must not be left out in sunlight!
The REAL reason for using custom parts is to ensure a continuing flow of revenue from spare parts and repairs.
This is the old Lemon 4 battery extender trick
One of the (many) complaints about Lemon 4 was dropping calls, separate and apart from it's Grip of Death problems.
Several test facilities have attributed dropped calls to this technical slight of hand fom Apple in a feeble attempt to claim it had lengthened battery life.
This is similar to saying a 40 watt light powered from a car battery lasts as long as an LED array from the same car battery.
But, hey, Apple claims to have some of the best RF guys in the world ... one thing for sure they introduced unique sets of problems!
Jobs: " I don't see them catching up to us in the foreseable future ..."
Maybe this is a case of myopic vision.
Jonathan Swift said "There’s none so blind as they that won’t see."
Just rumours courtesy of Apple PR
Companies that have no real news to release, or who want to displace bad news, release little tit-bits of information.
The real news is that Apple sales have flattened as people figure that not all things bare the saign of the fruit but actually offer more features and better value.
Some lead ... iTablets didn't sell as wll as forecast
Looks like Apple is eating it's forecasts with sales showing a flattening, guess that people are realising some features are missing from Apple products including the ability to read free library e-books.
Don't laugh! Women's condoms are best ...
for keeping small electronics dry in the rain jungles of S.E. Asia unless you have a waterproof cells and laptops. Unfortunately many Bluetooth devices are susceptible to rain and they can get expensive to replace.
Since the rain is a soaking rain we also line our packs with giant garbage bags so only the backpack material itself gets wetted.
Jobs: Apple products are pestilence free
As no self-respecting bug would dare to to step upon the surface of an Apple product, fruit users are safe.
Watch for some new Apple patents: (a) Plastic casings impregnated with bug killer; (b) All future products will radiate a very high frequency which will drive mosquitoes away; (c) Wipes, at only a $1 each, to polish Apple casings and to disinfect them, too. These are unlike others on the market as they are imprinted with the sign of the fruit.
Me thinks the lawyers got more than the victim
Lawyers in the U.S. often taken on court cases on a "No win, no pay" basis and the lawyers cut in a successful case is often greater than the victims.
Would you rather have normal vision or a miserly $325,000 for your pain and suffering?
Compatibility Reporter used and overworked
We use it as we are trying, in our small way, to contribute. But we still have work to complete!
Caution: Dumb politicians talking
If this idiot thinks that the likes of Twitter or Facebook are going to scroll through the inanities of thousands of comments to satisfy a UK law, or any other web sites that are not domiciled in the UK. he is dreaming.
The US presents the biggest challenge because of it's Constitution and the small matter of freedom of speech.
Already court orders suppressing evidence in preliminary hearings are ignored by overseas journalists, and likely he will be to.
If a court is too cheap to sequester a jury in a hotel, he will have to take the risks. Besides, now that people are so connected, the challenge he faces are even more daunting!
For Jobs, black seems such an appropriate colour
The colour back seems to be an eminent colour choice for most anything associated with Jobs. White proclaims innocence and purity, hardly qualities that spring to mind when thoughts of fruit-land and their domineering leader are in mind.
Of course, this might be the reason why it has taken such an inordinate time to achieve a white Lemon, which will undoubtedly become discoloured through exposure to the environment and usage.
It will be interesting to see if Apple has used the time between the release of the Lemon 4 and it's virginal edition to actually improve it's functional failures that are months and months old.
Stuff Firefox 4 until it's plugins and widgets are compatable.
My employer gave a few members of staff the opportunity to check out the beta versions of Firefox 4.
Unfortunately the number of crashes and the lack of our favourite add-ons has driven all our users to revert to FF3.
Let us know when everything is compatible and then we'll give it a shot.
UK Government: Do as we say, not as we do
How can anyone take the UK government, and more particularly it's privacy destroying agencies, seriously when the government laughingly continues to use antiquated software, such as Internet Explorer 6, which even it's author recommends that it be abandoned!
The drivel about needing to 'train staff' to use safer browsers is laughable, unless it's employees are intelligence challenged, as most adopters of new versions seem to have minimal difficulty in achieving a basic usability, permitting productive use.
The 'advanced' features can be introduced gradually so their brains are not over taxed.
Lurking in the background is the question: Why? Does upgrading help GCHQ achieve it's aims of being Big Brother?
"Britain's largest and most venerable technology firms" - That was yester year, that was
In an earlier century the former POT's (Post Office Telephones) were innovators with a bunch of sharp people employed at the Dollis Hill Research Station.
The balance of it's success was essentially a nationalisation of private companies and endeavours. See: < http://www.britishtelephones.com/histuk.htm >.
Towards the end of the last century both the U.S. and U.K. governments recognised that large national telecoms entities were a failure and introduced break-ups & competition.
It seems that the lethargy of POT's prevails to this day, in many departments, and the competition at home and abroad run circles around BT showing it up for the lacklustre entity it is.
Typical of police the world over - we need more money even if you are cutting!
This is just an attempt to persuade the public that police need yet larger budgets, even whilst the rest of the country is suffering from cutbacks.
Happens in the U.S, Canada and Australia, etc. Let them make so with what they've got - which is generally much more than they had only two years ago.
They also should monitor those 'sleeping patrols' who seem to find out of the way spots to hide in.
My late Mother never was a deep sleeper and the beeps from the Plod radio's, from the local 'sleeping patrol', always woke her and she occasionally called in a 'suspicious noise' complaint which often resulted in the shift sergeant catching the sleepers who, despite repeated incidents, never did figure to sleep elsewhere.
Kindle and the iPad ... the one thing they can't do ...
is to borrow free e-books from the public library.
Almost any other reader is able to. That tightening feeling in your groin area is Jobs getting ready to squeeze you dry. Again.
No limit to this manic fruit cakes thought control efforts
I presume the Church of Job will force march every carrier of the symbol of the faith of Apple into the protected holy grounds, worldwide.
How will Jobs decide a colloquial expression, such as knock you up in the morning, is not offensive to certain believers in his faith?
Just another challenge for the Apple Crackers to display their talents on. Maybe this is the one that gets the U.S. Department of Justice up his nose.
It's ironic that Thatchers birthday falls on the same day as miners rescued
Whilst Scargill was deserving of contempt, so was Thatcher, as her actions in using excessive government power reminded us 'Bloody Friday' Glasgow's General Strike of 1919 < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_George_Square >.
She closed the mines and now the folly of her decision can be seen with the introduction of clean coal usage.
Good news for world road warriors
With both Wimax and LTE deployed across the world, it is good that Broadcom is offering a universal solution to the many road warriors who travel around the world.
Not a problem, Foxconn, workers health and safety first
With the profits Foxconn's customers are making from the fruits of the labour of these Chinese workers they can afford to swallow the increased production costs.
Off the private payroll, onto the public payroll - unemployment
It's all an illusion. Unemployed civl servants stay on the public purse, and the private sector layoff's get to join them.
You should also remember that a lot of 'work' formerly done by government employees was switched to the private sector so a form of balancing is taking place. The wonders of government maths.
Could it be the differential between the rear cheek and the flat glass?
I see a number of iPhans keeping their favourite piece of hardware hard nonchalantly stuck in their rear pockets so other iPhans can see the outline in the shape of their rear jeans pockets.
Given that the underlying body member has a radius that is different to the Applewear it is obvious that stresses and strains that occur whilst walking and sitting will be translated into pressure points on the glass that, despite claims of ruggedness, produce cracks.
Possibly this is why the HTC model with a solid alumin(i)um body offers defence against this. Unfortunately Apple opted to cut the metal in their body to accommodate the Death Gaps.
More work for Apple lawyers ...
Since it's already the butt of jokes it's practically in common parlance.
I shall respect their trade mark as much as Apple respects others IP it has stolen over the years. Besides, they have a lot more registering to do to make it really effective.
In other words MS rushed yet another unfinished OS to market, as usual
This is really an insult to the intelligence of consumers, Once again, following in the tradition of Windows PC, MS is already preparing a patch to complete the job that should have been done before they even released the OS.
Need a better reason not to buy Win7?
TV doesn't need help shedding audiences
Personally, comparing the numbers of TV viewers vis-a-vis iPhans they haven't sold enough fruit ware to have such a great affect.
I occasionally grab satellite TV programs, often Discovery and Nat Geo, but even these interesting channels are useless as they are running rotating schedules that repeat every 4-5 hours and more often than not the programs are re-runs or old programming (I'm thinking of how many ways to crash an aircraft) that has been re-edited or several programs spliced together which is old footage not, as they call it, a 'new' series or a 'premier'.
The reality programs are staged, I watched as a group of clowns 'did' VietNam and the staged, and re-staged, so many portions of the program, that it was more of a play. One contestant had backpacked the country and knew the quick ways to get to 'Hoooey', as one American called Hue, but she wasn't allowed to take them because a film crew had to film her.
CNBC is running re-runs of financial advice programs and so it goes.
No, IMO, TV needs no assistance in dumping audience which is most likely the reason why all the latest screens have multiple inputs so purchasers find alternate uses for them.
"He violated numerous elements of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct": Pot calls Kettle black
The whole sorry episode only demonstrates how ALL of HP's senior echelon's have abused the good name of HP.
Seems like the Board of Directors owe it to their shareholders to resign, forthwith.
The only thing 'dynamic' about smartphones is the jockeying for market share
MS has a 'me too' OS that adds little to the features offered by the three league leaders of Android, iOS and RIM.
I wonder what incentives MS offered/paid for anyone to even make the hardware, some of which looks a little lacklustre when compared to recent smartphone releases.
The name 'Windows' doesn't really inspire since most of us have experienced 'blue screens' and crashes.
Sorry, MS will likely never beat third place in OS sales.
Here is your new condominum apartment delivered on time ...
but you will get the doors and windows next spring.
MS, you failed to deliver a complete product on time. Again.
Kensington is good but no better than the hole in the laptop!
Some laptops with well known names have poor quality sockets for security locks - a 'scissor' style Belkin sure doesn't work with several Acer laptops. Just waggle the Belkin and it will fall out.
When I travel by air, I secure the laptop with the Kensington then thread the security wire through the handles of other baggage and the finally thread by trousers belt through the security wire loop.
This means if you fall asleep no one will be making off with your goodies!
Good behaviour over time doesn't get you a clean sheet in the UK
Some countries want to get a copy of your 'rap sheet' which is handled through a related organisation to ACPO - the unofficial body that governs police activities.
There is one type of record specifically used for Australia, Canada, the USA and a couple of other countries. Even though a persons criminal record might have been expunged through a period of 25 or 35 years good behaviour, these 'clear records' actually contain information that alert the aforementioned countries that the person actually has a conviction history.
Police clearances for other countries are essential a request by the applicant for a copy of the applicants own police record which INCLUDES EVERYTHING, even though technically expunged. This of course makes the whole exercise pointless, if you are trying to show you have a clean record.
In Canada the clearing of a criminal record is handled by the Parole Board and when it says an applicants record is clear, the applicant can get a really clean report - although any offences remain on record in a partitioned area on the computer and can only be released after a proceeding - usually caused by a persons return to their bad ways.
BTW, the U.S. immigration people have a neat question: "Have you ever been arrested?" An affirmative answer opens the door for further questioning. If you lie to a federal U.S. official you commit a felony - the serious type of crime!
Much a do over a disappointing pair
Looks like the narrow-minded Cambridge bush guy has some buddies in Vienna.
I guess Viennese ballet aficionados only have 'miracle conceptions' and get undressed in the dark.
P.S. The woman looks somewhat anorexic given the view of her ribs.
Sorry, you'll have to go because you are single
The worst I heard of was a young, single guy being laid off because the only alternative was to lay off a married co-worker but the effect of that would make a family suffer.
Guess they figured single people have independent sources of income, or have no financial obligations.
Ashmeade should have told Plod to go sit on it
This is so typical of what a nanny state Britain has turned into.
Besides, it is all in the beholders mind: it could be taken to look like a immature mushroom with two others on their way.
No right sensed Plod, or even a prosecutor, would have dared take this to court with the threat of the Euro Courts and Human Rights arguments
No doubt Plod would have asked for DNA samples from the offending bush as well as .Ashmede and required both to sign the sex offenders register, too. Little wonder Plod is held in such contempt.
As it stands Plod will think they have new authority to govern these things - what about all those phallic symbols found on public statues, human or animal, that litter the public grounds?
Blame the ITU & the USA: North America Frequency Plan
Frequency assignments are determined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Telecommunication_Union > which is an international forum.
Lucky Canada has to follow along with the USA frequency plans as we are so close. CDMA is also a world standard < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDMA2000 > although it is a fading star since it's major manufacturing proponent has ceased development on the chips.
All cell systems in North America use the N.A frequency assignments, as well as Japan. CDMA is also used in Indochina although Vietnamese CDMA carriers are switching to GSM.
Interestingly certain uses, such as maritime and amateur, etc., are uniform in all parts of the world.
Foxconn not alone in Chinese worker abuse
Foxconn gained notoriety with respect to working conditions that allegedly drove some workers to kill themselves. They are the poster company for this abuse but many companies treat their workers in ways that are considered illegal in the West.
It should be borne in mind that standards are minimal in China. For example, construction workers in the West wear steel-capped toed boots whereas 'flip-flops' or sandals are common in other countries including China.
Equally, child labour is common in many developing countries, although some - including VietNam - bans it through legislation. Education is not mandatory in many countries and is frequently charged for so poor families (a) can't afford education fees (b) parents take otherwise idle children to work where they can earn pittances in wages.
Many Western countries manufacture in China, and elsewhere because labour laws permit activities prohibited in Western countries including what we consider abuse/harsh treatment and unsafe working conditions.
The chemicals used in the assembly of Apple, and others, products, as well as the cleaning solvents, are causing health concerns such as bleeding from the nose and other respiratory effects. Ventilation, lighting and machine tool safety are all problematic when measured against Western standards.
The conundrum is that the West couldn't afford to make these products at an 'affordable' price although often the manufacturing cost differentials are simply used to make usurious profits for the importers.
Living next to China, and making frequent trips there, lets me see just how much profits are when comparing Chinese retail prices to European or Canadian retail prices.
Next time you buy the latest electronic equipment remember that others suffered in bringing it to you and the company whose logo appears on the item is making a killing on profit, and not employing either you or your neighbours in the process.
Are there going to be geographical copyright viewing limitations on Google TV?
Some programming can't be viewed overseas because of copyright/distribution restrictions.
Will Google TV impose these restrictions as well?
@Cameras and overlays are ...
Quote: " it reads the PINs from the keypad and ..."
Sorry, I was a production manager in a Pin-Pad / Terminal manufacturer moons ago and even then the specifications required PIN data to be passed encrypted through to the card processor where the decryption was applied. This is why crooks find it necessary to use optical devices to read pad entries by customers.
Swapping PinPads between terminals (or cash registers) or with replacements has to be coordinated with the card processor as the DES changed with each transaction. We used special software for testing the Pads before they were 'injected' with the initialisation DES combo that was immediately replaced by the bank computers when the Pads were placed in service.
Pads used with 3rd party terminals, such as IBM, were no different to any other Pad as the data flowed through without modification.
"Gartner said that Windows Phone 7 will provide a fillip ..."
How can this be, given that Microsoft confirmed there will be no backwards compatibility for previous Windows Mobile in Windows Phone 7 Series? This means there will be a great number very unhappy users who will hardly be endeared to MS leaving them stranded with technological orphans.
Not everyone is inclined to slavishly purchase new hardware just because an OS is updated.
Pin Pads use internal DES encription
Pin pads, those customer operated devices, use DES encryption so once the Enter button is hit, the data block is transmitted encrypted to the processing network.
This is the reason these devices have to be photographed as tapping the connecting cord is ineffective.
Sure sounds like an inside job!
It's all a matter finite budgets and infinite demands
Whilst science research might be deserving of government financing, so do the arts and all the other demands assisted by government budgets.
The sad fact is what with fighting Blair wars, the Wall Street fiasco, Brown's sell-off of gold at a market low point many governments are strapped for cash.
All strata of society have to share in the pain of austerity, although pensioners needs deserve leniency.
Sorry, guys, you'll have to suffer with the rest of us. Mind you it would be nice if bankers faced the same cuts.
Mainly prior art and U.S. patent stuffing language
Actually I did scan the schematics when I got back to my office (where I had the correct viewer loaded) and I again reiterate nothing spectacularly new, as in new technology. ASICS are customised for most every application so that's a nothing.
The generalisation of the applicability is standard so that even the remotest similar use can be scooped into a patent licensing/fight at a later date. It is common practice. And what display can generate audio? Just literary fluff.
Last year I saw very large process control screens in China and they had a touch area which permitted touch/gesture from the screen to be input. The new Tibet railway system also uses touch/gesture screens so the prior art has been in use for some time. All have switched inputs - often for safety reasons.
Go and look at the Apple patent for their magnetic plug (US Patent No. 7311526) which is a total knock off of the connector used by Japanese counter-top cooking appliances except the Apple adaptation failed for several reasons.
US patents are frequently used tp attempt to adapt others works which is why there should be be an international agreement brining all patent offices into line using a single standard.
All Jobs has to say: There is no problem (even of there is) and all will be well
Given Jobs sorry record of not accepting that there are a number of deficiencies, this is just another problem that will be talked away. Just as there were no defective batteries (except in Japan) or a youth was burned by an Apple product in Europe.
The Grip of Death was allegedly cured but when a telco technician showed me his Lemon 4, freshly delivered in a batch of 1000 pieces for all of VietNam and released last week, he showed me how he could still kill signal strength by the infamous Grip.
Consumer Reports has still not reversed it's recommendation of not buying this years version of the Apple phone.
It's simply a switching array that can be ...
constructed with existing, off the shelf, integrated circuits. As I said the only variation is building it into a screen bur that increases the potential costs of warranty should the switch fail and require a complete change of a screen.
I remember the HP touch screen, drove users crazy as flies could land on a screen and take a walk causing chaos.
Another garbage patent from Apple
Apart from the fact they appear to want integrate the switch in a single chip (hardly patentable in a sane Patents Office) , or even on the screen, the balance of the circuitry, for switching the signal(s) appears to be somewhat mundane, certainly not ground breaking. Besides if they are buying the screen from someone else the chances are that this technology might be covered, already.
It appears that Apple, with it's pile of cash, just patents anything and if challenged (or used) they decide to evaluate the worth of a patent.
Most companies only patent really original ideas but in the US it appears anything goes.
It would be interesting to learn what criteria have to be met within Apple in order to commence a filing.
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