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@Pet Peeve Re: "Was any of that necessary?"
Apparently so. He clearly needed to get his rancid contempt for all those lower down the food-chain than he is off his chest. One is of course entitled to wonder what the hell that has to do with the DRAM price-fixing ring. However, his personality problems are indeed his problem and not ours - praise be!
Vultures are very interesting birds and........
......a damn sight more attractive than that gentleman.
Unfortunately although we may not like it.....
.......there are a lot out there who do, God help us all. Whether it's that ignoramus of a marketing manager or the retail market populated by those whose response to RTFM is to grizzle and whine "why doesn't it just work?" - it is big business with a lot of the folding riding on it. I for one am not looking forward to this brave new world.
@ecofeco and Don Jefe.
Thank you gentlemen - very informative.
I am curious.
Just how much is/was stolen by means of the illicit use of this information? Just how profitable is this type of crime? I, personally speaking have no idea. Anyone got a clearer picture?
My eyes were already bleeding.......
........by the time I had read his title. I am also not sure that letting him loose again on that post would improve the situation.
I do not think that Lenovo are fools.
Let us just see what they do with this purchase before we start to amuse ourselves at their expense, hmm?.
@Chris G I am very definitely looking at them with interest.
What really surprises me is how fast they came out of the starting blocks (three years?) as far as hardware design and build quality go. They at the top of my watch list as far as Android based kit is concerned.
I have to say that I entirely agree that Huawei are worth watching.
After her indoors nicked my Desire Z (long story, won't bore you) I looked around for a replacement (I ran it in tandem with my Lumia 820 - cloned sims) and stumbled across the Huawei P6 Ascend. Quite astonishing value at a little over the 250 spons mark. Very nice build quality indeed (regardless of price point) and very decent performance plus a really nice 5 inch screen. In terms of the visual I do not much like the way they have skinned the os but the hardware is very impressive indeed at that price point.
I think that we may see the mother of all cage fights in the US market.
After all the mobile operators are not going to sit still for this and they have some of the best politicians money can buy in their pockets.
To be honest Trevor I have never seen anyone post arguing that we should. I fairly certain about that because I do not believe that I would have missed the massed howls of laughter if anyone had posted something like that. The rhetorical question "Can anyone trust Microsoft?" is in reality an Aunt Sally question. Anyone who actually trusts any example of "BigCorp" really should get out in the sunlight more often.
@James 51 "..... full sized usb3 port to my list of things......."
I entirely agree. In fact I am a little surprised that Toshiba did not take advantage of this tablets thickness to do just that. I understand the use of mini ports (usb and hdmi) where one of the crucial design themes is slimness but I do not understand it here.
Apple and Google agree on something?
Now I really am scared.
Re: And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?
I hate to have to break this to you old chap but El Reg's subbies specialise in wind up sub-headings - and no, the "fruity company" is not the only victim. Any excuse to take the piss is their modus vivendi and they do not much care who they are extracting the urine from. That is their stock in trade, end of.
I have to say that I am enjoying this thread.
The good manners and the experience in these posts is something that I am learning a great deal from. A big upvote to you all.
Re: Think of yourself ten years ago...
Words of wisdom old chap, major thumbs up.
Useful, i.e. constructive criticism, is not usually couched in the form of personal abuse. Whatever Nadella's merits or demerits may be (and I am not in a position to have a worthwhile opinion on them) Kempin's approach sounds like the settling of old scores.
I strongly suspect that that would only be the case in a year that it was clear that all divisions were firing on all cylinders and MS had set a new company record as far as fiscal performance was concerned - anyone predicting that for any company in this industry currently?
"SharePoint Conference? Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate ....."
...........La speranza eterna, hmm?
mystic megs got their crystal balls in a twist so the. brain dead and the greedy brokers reacted in the predictable fashion.
Re: Ok, that one made me spit Sprite Zero....
Thank you kindly!
"Successes? Oh, we've had a few...........
...........But then again, too few to mention"*
@ AMBxx I agree. Whilst I still use Firefox........
..........as my preferred browser (habit I guess, although not solely that) I am obliged to admit that with IE10 I began to review my automatic hostility to Redmond's offerings in that area. I have been trialling IE11 for some little while now and am obliged to admit that it is a world away from anything they produced in the past. Pity it took them so long to get genuinely serious about good browser design.
I am absolutely delighted to find that..........
...............a word like "monopsonist" exists.
@Doug S Re:"....until they sold 7 billion iPhones every year?" A good point, however,.......
...........the problem is that the markets (and the analysts in this instance) are driven by fear and greed rather than by intelligence, genuine analysis and a sense of proportion. Cupertino is not going to enjoy stratospheric capital gains forever? "Oh woe is us, the end of the world is nigh - sell, sell, sell I tell you, the sky is falling in."
Apple is highly unlikely to stop making serious money (although they will be getting any of mine any time soon :P) but that is not enough for the stripey-shirted-brigade and the rest of their fellow sharks. Irrationallity and the aforementioned fear and greed - Masters of the Universe?
@Cliff Re: Reg, don't join in with 'troll', you're better than that
Agree entirely Cliff - see icon.
Whilst of course we have all seen cases where violence has not been adequately punished the scenario you describe is unlikely. Normally speaking being convicted of malicious wounding or occasioning grievous bodily harm will get you a custodial sentence unless there are very special circumstances and you have a very fast talking lawyer.
@Don Jefe. Splendid post.
@Big_Boomer. Re: "The grass is no greener anywhere else"
Indeed. However, you have to understand that the gold card members of the Anti Microsoft Choral Howling Society have to get their dibs in whether it is justified or not.
As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.
Yes indeed toad warrior.
"You can't screw your employees on wages and expect consumer spending to climb."
However, this not new. The "Managerati" have been wilfully blind to that contradiction since the early days of mass production and the modern mass markets that it created.
Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.
Unless of course anybody feels that "freedom of speech" is served by threatening someone with rape - hmm?
@Kristian Walsh Regarding Apple's business model in the US.
".... the rest of the US carriers follow T-Mobile's lead, it's good for Samsung and Nokia/Microsoft, who have a range of mid-price and budget phones, but it's a disaster for Apple."
I think that if this continues and the Telcos' stranglehold on the retail mobile phone market itself is broken then you may well be right. Apple's focus on one price segment in the US (the very core of their business) would not have been the huge success for them that it has been without operator lock-in, the close to cartel conditions in the services market and the near monopoly hold over the retail phone market that the carriers have. It is an observable fact that the pricing and subsidy models used by the US carriers require that the deals available for the high end flagship phones (all such, not just Apple's) in fact are not subsidised by the carriers but by the rest of their poor benighted customers. If this new dawn is indeed breaking then any producer without the full range of price points in their portfolio will indeed, as you point out, have a problem.
Well, you never know.
He might have said to the judge that it was his decision but 'er indoors may have gotten so pissed off with him being around 24/7 that she gave him very little choice in the matter.
@frank ly "It's a patent that is........"
Indeed, if you go into iOS under "tools and utilities" you'll find the app for it there along with the telephone number of their legal advisors "Sue, Grabbit and Run, Attorneys At Law".
This sounds like the next in the Resident Evil series - er, hang on a minute there appear to be choppers circling the house for some reas.............
@Trevor_Pott Re "I'm not a US person...."
Neither am I, although I have to admit that even if it were MI5 saying this I would not believe them either. As far as I am concerned I would not accept that fisherman's tale from the Almighty Himself without independent evidence let alone any country's intelligence service. What they are saying is that we are (excuse me, it's very hard to type and cry with laughter at one and the same time) just going to have to trust them (Oh God my sides are splitting).
Re: "I don't block ads, not deliberately."
Actually, what you describe is pretty what I do myself. One problem however in this context is those devs who refuse to do a paid version of their app with no more permissions than are necessary for the app to function. I have on several occasions had to reject an app because of this problem. One gets the impression that a fair number of devs are utterly uninterested unless they get to own your phone's arse.
I think that there is a problem here.
Many apps that are downloaded are so called "free apps" where the deal is that ads are the "payment" - what about them?
"....If you follow tech guidelines from.....then you're an......."
Well, if they buy their tech from..... oh, alright I won't go there, but it is incredibly tempting.
Hilarious, I love it.
"Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.
I cannot stand stores where you are pursued by bonus hunting sales staff at the best of times and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast that the only residual trace of my presence would a small local increase in temperature due to displaced air rushing back in.
"substantial discounts" Hm..yes.
Cupertino do after all by their legal services in bulk.
A definite thumbs up for that reference.
Hi guys! Can we please have a little more.....
..........reportage and a lot less "Hello!" magazine?
Pride goeth before destruction and.........
............a haughty spirit before a fall. I suggest that Apple's senior management contemplate this wisdom before it bites them in the arse.
@Jack Faust meets Mephistopheles Re 2 gb contra 4 GB.
"It;'s expected Q1-2 2014 so the first 64bit 4gb tabs should start coming out around then."
A very useful heads-up. I shall wait a few months more before dusting off my wallet.
If the victim is male and the spider the genuine "Widow"................
...........it would not have been just the foot that exhibited swelling. Sufferers experience an extremely painful degree of priapism for which the only real treatment is bed-rest and repeated applications of ice -packs.
Does El Reg have any idea about what percentage of customers are experiecing these problems. It would seem to me that such information would be of interest.....hm...?
A patent cooperative?
Sounds dangerously communistic to me. What would "BigCorp" say?
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