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"The move was not about customer service because standards were very similar around the world"
Too damn true, we know this.
Slow, slow transmission rates, deceptive advertising (how many BITS per second), excessive charges, unresponsive service support, etc.
Why does it take so long to plough in fibre optic cable in the UK? Could it be the wrong type of soil?
Very inappropriate choice
Even Paris' grandfather disowned some of her antics and said he was going to re-write his Will.
Guess the U.S. government is impervious to yet further embarrassment after killing Reuters reporters, imprisoning people without trial for years and extra-judicial kidnapping. This is addition to illegally tapping American's communications without warrant and using presidential orders to kill American citizens without trial.
Come to think of it, the government and Hilton are perfect bedmates.
Why is ACPO allowed to rule and what happened to government participation?
In most countries governments not only write the rules, but they also direct the police most having some independence.
The courts interpret the legislation to set precedents for other courts AND the police to follow.
So why is this biased bunch of senior Plods allowed to usurp the function of government?
Robots capable of 'deceiving humans'
Two customers come to mind: The Pentagon and Apple.
The Pentagon could deploy these, alongside their fleets of drones, to deny what happened, actually happened. 100% deniability!
As for Apple both the PR crowd could use them to create believable illusions and Customer Service section to deny defects that exist in fact, are actually the customer suffering from delusions.
Just levelling the playing field
Perhaps Apple is finally acknowledging that Android is giving them a run for their money and is offering iPhans a more Android-like experience with free calling. Or could it be the government?
It's amazing what happens when the elephant, in the form of the FCC, stirs so perhaps Jobs chose to cut his losses and avoid having the entrails of his plans being examined in the brightness of daylight.
Unacceptable use policy - Rackspace is the hypocrite
The American Constitution presents a challenge to anyone trying to shut down web sites, even those with a U.S. domain - witness the Al Quaida web sites.
However Wikileaks and PirateBay have demonstrated how to configure servers to make them U.S. proof - which this nutty preacher should study. The other remedy is to run your own servers, so the Rackspaces of this world can't express their content opinions.
Whilst I agree with the general displeasure of what the nut-bar preaches, Rackspace demonstrates the weakness in the system - if ISP's want the protection of telco's vis-a-vis immunity from hosted web site content liability, they should also have a hands off policy - not trying to talk out of both sides of their mouths.
Who knows, Rackspace might decide to block The Register!
Caution: Apple publicity exagerating again
One motion touch might, legally, be acceptable it represents a fact about Apple, and Jobs, they don't tell the truth. To the typical iPhan a single motion is hardly fitting with their conception of the accepted meaning of the phrase.
Using Apple's criteria, my house is filled with 'touch' items that have only a binary state.
And what is gained by slimming the case whilst the the glass standing proud? Again, Apple abandons engineering principles for form-factor. This was the cause of the Lemon 4 antenna failure.
Exposed glass edges can lead to 'chipping' creating possibly dangerous chips of glass.
Another example of Job's lies is his proclamation that the latest Word from the Almighty was streamed using 'open standards' is false. The technology is Apples and has no acceptance as an Open Standard.
Hiring Microsoft's Stephen Elop is no guarantee for success!
Microsoft suffers from monster corporate clotted arteries - decision by committee. Look at the MS recent history. Hardly something to boast of, especially with the increasing abandonment of MS mobile OS based smartphones.
Likely Elop carries this baggage with him, so how does Nokia hope to regain it's former glory?
"Russian constitution has provisions that block extradition of its citizens"
Lucky Russians, they have more rights than the British whose government seems intent on putting them on the next flight, usually to the U.S. of A.
Does the new UK government see the irony in this? The Blair/Brown (Plunkett) regime didn't.
It's all in the name
Some MoD type remembered BT and what the initials stood for.
British and telecommunications - sounds more advanced than cable and wireless.
Quality not quantity
What really matters if an App has some utility that will help complete your work assignments.
Wobbly breasts on a Lemon 4 might be just what an iPhan needs for their daily chores. Shows the device has some function.
What's wrong with private industry competing for the contract?
When a big public work is being planned, such as the BeiJing Olympics, governments hold competitions.
Why not for technical projects?
How the arrogant have been taught a lesson
I guess that the imperialistic Jobs has learned it is hard to fight the Washington bureaucracy.
The piece says: "... that Jobs & Co believe that it's their role, not yours, to decide what you can load onto your iOS device.
In Apple's paternalistic world, you're an unsophisticated child, unable to make your own decisions. It's not up to you to decide what you want. Apple will take care of that for you."
Maybe the majority of iPhans like this amount of control exercised over them, they certainly have a different take on new product reliability with millions buying the defective Lemon 4 after Jobs admitted there were problems.
The aesthetic appeal of the Lemon obviously attracted many yet they passively accepted a poor quality plastic band which not only detracts from the Lemon 4 appearance but also signals to observers they are looking at a defective phone.
Smart vendors might be able to make money from this large audience with a definable, unusual characteristic.
Some censorship is a trade barrier
I disagree with any form of censorship but I hardly thinking blocking pornography or churches advocating Koran burning does much for trade.
To the less well informed ...
Africa means NIGERIA the biggest word for FRAUD in the West.
7" screens are very usable
My employer acquired several Chinese 7" and 10" tablets when they hit the GuangZhou retail market last December (BEFORE APPLE) and I have spent considerable time testing their functionality and applicability to a number of projects we have underway.
Although the 7" screen might seem to have insufficient real estate, the opposite is, in my experience. actually true.
I have a Taiwanese motor-scooter and I made a touchscreen, using Linux and a small laptop in the luggage compartment to replace the original electronic dash. For the past 2-3 months I have been using a 7" Chinese tablet and even when driving, our speed limits are 50 km in town, the functionality is good and the display is quite sufficient except in direct, overhead, sunshine.
I use it to display all normal functions, along with GPS (Google maps), accessory control, etc. It is secured in a stainless steel frame to make it harder to steal.
Money's on that the Grip of Death remains or battery life is reduced
Given that this update is supposed to not be necessary as Jobs claims there was nothing wrong with the Lemon 4, it still remains that even if it should cure all the defects complained of it is only achieving what should have been on the day of it's initial release.
Hardly an achievement as it means the Lemon 4, that meets a reasonable level of service, was effectively released today, months after it's due date.
It seems that Apple/Jobs expends much of it's software capability keeping the damn thing in jail rather than actually improving performance.
P.S. iPhans click on the red box below, right.
Just verbal flatulence that will make little difference
Ever heard of the mass destruction of CD' and DVD's in China? Did they stop copy shops?
Understand, the BeiJing government sets policy and the rest of China promptly ignores it, especially in the semi-autonomous regions.
If you REALLY want to stop product copying don't ship the manufacturing technology over there - keep the smarts and the jobs at home.
I know many Chinese factories that make stuff for the West who run 'Third Shifts' which is when the copy stuff is made.
Stevie, boy, who has the ...
sharpest programming skills for iOS?
Obviously, not you.
P.S. When will the antenna be fixed, properly? How's the white version coming?
At least he has the guts to use ...
hia real name, unlock some people we know.
Samples by willpower!
This must be the politically correct phrase for masturbation.
For Roman Catholics it must mean growing hair on their palms.
How can you prove the integrity of the evidence?
I have taken pictures for use in court procedures and have always been interrogated, under oath, as to whether the material is question has been in my care and custody since the pictures were taken.
This required my attending the developing laboratory and visually tracking the negative as it was developed, dried and subsequently printed.
How can Plod attest to the safe custody and it's originality if the camera operator has his property purloined?
More bent evidence?
Better to say nothing until the matter is resolved. That's why lawyers are called 'mouthpieces'.
What's the difference between bad batteries in Japan and elsewhere?
Japan is extremely consumer pro-active and has resulted in making Apple and Jobs bow to the inevitable - the replacement of defective products.
Japan wasn't alone in experiencing 'irregular battery behaviour', Google will produce results from all over describing Apple battery failure.
But the difference in Apples response is telling. ONLY the Japanese have had a recall, other countries with less effective consumer protection have had ... dick... nada ... zip.
Typical Jobs; typical Apple.
P.S. iPhans please click the red box below, right.
Ouch! UK pricing takes the icing off the cake
Given the Lilliputian size of the UK compared to either Canada or the U.S.A. it is hard to fathom just how carriers justify airtime charges.
It is hard to compare UK prices with other countries as tax is never clearly stated as being included or extra.
The carrier could easily kill the success of the product unless the airtime is carefully priced.
Will they be offering the standard Samsung or adding it's own 'features' that will only serve to delay upgrades?
Throughout the engagement Deloitte ...
"Throughout the engagement Deloitte ... enabled the programme to develop an integrated, multi-disciplinary team who were highly motivated, professional and delivery-focused." (Who never finished the job)
What a lot of codswallop - the only success they achieved was extracting unjustified fees from the tax payer.
Wow! Britain is seeking equality at last?
In reality, British subjects should be tried for offences committed from British territory. Other countries wouldn't dream of handing their citizens over to a foreign country with, perhaps, a few very serious offences.
The U.S. has gone overboard treating the whole world as it's legal territory. Hacking is hardly an offence that justifies deportation. The alleged McKinnon offence was only possible because the U.S. couldn't batten down it's computers. Some technical giant, some technical prowess.
The U.S. sentencing regime is extreme, even ignoring the death penalty, and frequently sentences are totally disproportionate to the offences committed. The U.S. imprisons more, proportionately, than any other 'civilised' nation.
This was another effort by the notorious letch Blunkett who also had the Identity Card brainwave and couldn't keep his ministerial appointments because of repeated personal failings.
The seemingly parentless kids are noise enough, thank you
As someone who takes at least one long haul trip each month I can attest to the fact there are already enough noise generators on board what with all those seemingly abandoned children who derive some sort of pleasure from running up and down the aisles, screaming awakening sleeping passengers, knocking arms whose attached hand is often carrying a glass filled with liquid and causing the long suffering cabin crew additional hassles during trolley service.
Then someones sweethearts discover the light and call buttons to complete the cabin crews work days.
I have seemingly developed quite an effective 'angry stare' technique that gives all but the most reckless child second thoughts on passing my seat. In the event this fails, my feet are equally adept at causing little Johnny to trip with similar effect.
If an adult passenger made proportionately as much noise as these unruly kids they would be restrained and confined to their seats.
All we need in the cabin, to go along with those little bastards who make a habit of hanging over the back of the seat in front of you are a bunch of adults shouting in to cell phones describing the cloud formations the aircraft is passing.
Cell communications should be limited text messaging only and the femto cell emitting a 'vibrate only' instruction to further minimise additional sounds.
The only relief we can expect is that the charges will be so high that only the expense sheet gang in Business or First classes will be persuaded to call.
Couldn't have happened to a more obnoxious person
Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle is a racist nut bar and deserves all the harassment she can get.
She wants to deport Mexicans and their American-born children - who have citizenship.
Treat an employee fairly and he'll most likely return the complement
This is standard American bullshit litigation. HP can't have it both ways, especially since HO found there was no merit in the sexual allegations. As for expense accounts, senior executives often use them as personal slush funds usually with the acquiescence of the company.
Did Hurd even complete his expenses or was it his recently retired assistant?
A friend was sued in similar grounds a few years back by a large U.S. travel technology company. In his response, acting as his own lawyer, he listed all the knowledge he had with respect to the claim effectively nullifying the complaint - court matters being in the public domain - then the Plaintiff claimed 'abuse of privilege'. The case was later withdrawn..
The HP board should read the companies founders principles of business and treat employees with respect.
You can't trust government!
Many countries are playing this game, with Britain adopting the most extreme position - Blair's password or prison option. Carrying a video also seems to keep border Plods satisfied.
It's best to use TrueCrypt with a minimal OS as the cover with a few innocuous notes and the good OS and data securely locked up.
Cell phones should have all data stored on n encrypted computer with all registers cleaned out along with the SIMM. Contact numbers are best stored on the SIMM, too. The cell should be powered down for at least 30 minutes before Customs as data lingers in memory.
Inserting a very small piece of paper over the battery terminals will often persuade them the battery is flat.
Hopefully this action will prevail - remember anyone within the borders of the U.S. of A. enjoys the protection of The Constitution, not just American citizens.
Rats are the ...
to jump a sinking ship.
No need to destroy what's left of rural Britain
The electricity network has done a wonderful job of ruining the vistas of Britain.
To get a paltry 2 Mbyte network signal can easily be achieved by using ploughed-in fibre cable or disguised antennae. There is absolutely no need for yet more visible masts. Canada has thousands of miles of ploughed fibre cable, what's the problem in the UK, apart from BT's mindset?
Has anyone even considered co-siting cell and data antennae?
If you want to see a terribly located cell tower, take a ferry from Athens/Piraeus to the Milos islands and as you pass The Temple of Sounio there is a illuminated cell tower overlooking the temple. A worse location would be hard to find. Thank you, Vodafone!
The Register is extending my ...
No limits to the usefulness of The Reg.
Canada has a solution
Some Canadian emergency vehicles are fitted with a 'horn', more like an acoustic vibrator, that actually shakes vehicles and motorcycles which, together with the accompanying low frequency tone, can break through these mobile acoustic sound chambers.
The effect on humans will certainly return the zombies to reality.
This is nothing ...
Wait until the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is in action. See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement >.
For some of the nitty gritty read: < http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/ >. Not very nice.
Just what the Pentagon wants. Don't get suckered by them!
Seems like the Pentagon's plan for undermining Assange is getting some help.
Wake up, guys, Wikileaks scored a major hit against the Pentagon, so don't get taken in.
NASA is to be congratulated for not being U.S. centric
No one has the corner on ideas, even though Jobs might think so, and NASA, in it's wisdom of being open to all comers with good ideas - Canada with it's tried and tested Canadarm as well as the Dextre - is making another smart move.
Now, from Blighty, the Cornish RoboThespian to join other Cornish innovations which include the game of rugby, originated in Penzance; one of the earliest water closets (WC) at Arwenack Manor, Falmouth; discovery of substance manaccanite, at Manaccan in 1790, now known as titanium; the first passenger carrying steam engine known locally as the puffing devil at Penydaren; perfecting the process of refining soap (Pears).
My personal Cornish favourites are The Pastie and The Cream Tea.
Labour's wasteful self-stimulation
These revelations simply demonstrate a complete disregard for the tax payer, an arrogance that simply highlights their mealy-mouthed speeches and how false their claims to be looking after the less fortunate in society were.
No tax money should be used to shape opinion and all publicly funded opinion poles should be published with 3o days of their completion.
Few endeavours such as this can be achieved at a lower cost by using civil servants.
Why the surprise? Not every country can depend on 'service' industries
The countries who are resisting the onslaught of the Wall Street financial frauds are those who actually manufacture products.
Britain's manufacturing industries are a miserable scrap of what they used to be. How many screws are actually made in the UK? How many ball-bearings?
China, Korea, TaiWan and other Asian countries aren't suffering as much as the Western importing countries the difference being is that they are self-sufficient and have a manufacturing base that exports.
In Europe Germany is a shining example. In North America - hardly anything.
The fallacy that manufacturing products overseas is 'cheap' is a fallacy as the importers mark the goods up so much (living adjacent to China lets me see the real product cost), there is a social cost - lost jobs and depletion of foreign reserves.
Britain's oil legacy has been squandered by propping up failed government programs.
A complete re-think of many countries goals, and the effects of the WTO need implementing.
Easy, uncontrolled, access leads to abuse
Thw data holder should also be the gatekeeper to the data vault.
Few people can be trusted not to use abuse database information and since this data contains personal information the fewer people who have direct access, including police, the better.
Government cannot be trusted.
The fault is that of the data holders and web site operators
I have always regarded data or web site vulnerability to be the responsibility of the owner/operator of the data in question.
For years the U.S. Government web sites bleated on about the criminal risks of attacking their domains. In my opinion if a web site is vulnerable it is NOT the (h)(att)ackers who should be held accountable but the data holder.
The U.S. Government, amongst many, should be embarrassed, in fact, by the fact that their web sites, etc., have even been breached. So much for the high handed speech about their technological prowess just proves that they are technical eunuchs.
Many of the vulnerabilities by IT departments not patching or updating software for which there is a word: laziness.
These discoveries should not be used as excuses for inaction
The trouble with suppositions that global warning is not as bad as first envisioned is that even LESS will be done to stop the otherwise inevitable.
Bush showed what a dummy can do when most of science was running against him so we should be on guard against complacency - think of all the wonders of nature that have disappeared already.
The UK will lose it's 'Gulf Stream', Manhattan will become submerged and London's geography will be rewritten and who knows how ever increasing populations will be fed from ever decreasing arable land masses.
I'm getting on in years but I do my part - avoiding use of my car, recycling heat between exhaust and intake air on my central system, solar water heating, etc. - not for me, but for the future generations.
So Dell's technical screw up is an Androis problem?
The fact that Dell issued an upgrade without thorough testing (like Apple) is not the fault of the Android OS. Dell 'enhanced' the OS to interface it with it's product.
Even Apple, with it's buttoned down 100% software, has failed to cure the problems.
Funny how more experienced Android uses such as HTC, Samsung and Motorola have had so much success - must be a reason.
Patience pays off
iPhans have demonstrated that early adopters lose.
Be it the now crippled Version 1 that has hardware 'challenges' or those lemming-like iPhans who lined-up to buy a Lemon 4, particularly those who bought it after Consumer Reports came out condemning the failures.
Likewise with any product, never buy an early version so that the bugs can be fixed before you put your money down.
This is especially applicable to the Android OS since Version 4, due out this fall, has tablet enhancements in it.
Let them play Marbles!
May be the 'gob stopper' size marbles would satisfy a pre-teens needs to play with spheroids.
This is a Lemon 4 safety feature
Although many non-existent (in Jobs mind) still exist, the 'call dropping' feature associated with Lemon 4 Version 1 phones is actually a safety precaution.
As there is no sound when the call is dropped it permits the iPhan to re-connect with reality and hear warnings, etc.
Another hidden Apple feature.
"Clearly, all our aircrafts will be shot down.”
that is of these old Ilyushin can actually fly that far without crashing ... there have been a few mysterious accidents.
Not a problem in Toronto, Eh?
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And then there's the Canadian InterNet sites!
Just hold on a minute ...
Apple will want to patent this, as their own work, to go with Gen 3 Apple TV.
Apple owns all technology ... judging by their patent claims.
Or possibly a karaoke outfit will lay claim to the gestures ... just like those used in karaoke.
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