@JC "and I like Windows 8..."
Oh my God. You can't say that here, its like spitting in church. In heaven's name see icon.
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Oh my God. You can't say that here, its like spitting in church. In heaven's name see icon.
I agree. Like you I am not any kind of iPhanboi (something that I suspect the regulars amongst our little congregation may have noticed!) but it is very clear that. if we are going to question a company who farms out its production to this kind of operation, then it is not only Cupertino that has to answer some difficult questions. Western capitalism takes the view that it does not have to answer to anyone (sometimes the "Managerati" are not even willing to listen to concerns that some of their own shareholders have raised)' a view that should and must be challenged. Apple may (like Amazon or Microsoft, for example) be "poster boys" for this kind of attitude but they must answer for the decisions they take to the society they operate in. After all they could not exist without us wage-slaves and customers could they, hmmm?
"Ever since Apple unveiled its fingerprint recognition technology on the iPhone 5S shares in biometrics firms have been enjoying something of a boom."
.............They only noticed biometrics as a potential growth area when a fingerprint scanner turned up on their iThingies?
..............it is all the fault of the socialists/communists/trots what have you I always know that I am dealing with someone that practically goose-steps in their sleep.
A very good point old chap - you owe me a new keyboard!
"and another 20 per cent would do so if they knew how."
Pardon? See icon.
There is, whether one likes it or not a certain "wood for the trees" phenomenon here. IE. That those working most closely on a project lose perspective (however much they are aware of this and try to avoid it). I think Redmond are very wise to provide these incentives to external researchers who have a more dispassionate relationship to the task concerned.
I feel that it is not simply nitpicking to wish to modify that sentence such that it reads as:
".......using conventional planar semiconductor technology based on silicon reaches its theoretical limit..........."
The limit here is after all being imposed by the physical-chemistry of that specific material - ie its crystal structure and consequent inter-atomic distances.
One could also point out that Cupertino's attitude to any negotiations with Samsung where they claimed they were willing to license* to Samsung but demanded** $30 to $40 per device as their price for not starting their judicial carpet bombing campaign against the Koreans indicates very strongly that Apple was not interested in coming to a settlement that involved anything other than abject surrender by Samsung. Their intention was very clearly to destroy Samsung (and thereby seriously damage Android) in the US market.
*One should also take into account IMHO that the kind of patents granted to Apple and many other companies by the US patent office make an absolute mockery of the concept of rational law.
**Otherwise known as "demanding money with menaces" a practice that would earn any ordinary individual a jail term.
"Britons spend one in every 12 waking minutes on the internet, causing advertisers to splurge great wads of cash on online marketing, according to an internet advertisers' trade body."
................are they paying anymore attention than they do to telly ads these days?
They are probably the first example of torrented distribution!
You are far too kind hearted Trevor, I prefer the following.
"3.1 1. Plague of blood (דָם): Ex. 7:14–25
3.2 2. Plague of frogs (צְּפַרְדֵּעַ): Ex. 7:25–8:11
3.3 3. Plague of lice or gnats (כִּנִּים): Ex. 8:16–19
3.4 4. Plague of flies or wild animals (עָרוֹב): Ex. 8:20–32
3.5 5. Plague of pestilence (דֶּבֶר): Ex. 9:1–7
3.6 6. Plague of boils (שְׁחִין): Ex. 9:8–12
3.7 7. Plague of hail (בָּרָד): Ex. 9:13–35
3.8 8. Plague of locusts (אַרְבֶּה): Ex. 10:1–20
3.9 9. Plague of darkness (חוֹשֶך): Ex. 10:21–29
3.10 10. Death of the firstborn (מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת): Ex. 11:1–12:36"
"The latter will mean that the guilty party customer can be identified from the source of any copy found on the internet."
So little johnny borrows a film from his mate and plays it and the next thing Dad knows is that "the boys" are kicking his door in. They appear to be utterly ignoring the lessons from audio downloads and the like. Oh and I would be grateful if their apologists do not come out with the "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" routine*.
*Attributed to Joseph Goebbels, ironically enough.
A veritable treasure trove no less
"How Skype, with virtually no assets and no history of making profits can be worth more than Nokia's phone division is a mystery"
Why and how the MS board agreed to that purchase is something that escapes me completely.
"swift exit from a lengthy battle with the 28-bloc state might actually satisfy Google for a different reason, however. Almunia has already made it clear that, despite requests from the complainants in the case that include Microsoft and Foundem, he will not be proceeding with a second market test that would allow Google's rivals to closely scrutinise the new proposals it has tabled with the commission."
...........that while the commission wants to tackle Google's anti-competative behaviour they do not wish to appear to be acting on behalf of companies (note the plural form, it is not just about MS) whose own form sheet is not exactly something to boast about.
"Are Apple great inventors, I don't really think so. They are, or were depending on your views, pretty good innovators. They've had some well received combinations on their takes on existing ideas. Whether you like their products or not, hundreds of millions of people do like them and are willing to spend more than really necessary to have them*. They have an innovative positioning strategy and innovative products, but they aren't creators, inventors or craftsmen."
Although I would have to add that I do not own an iPhone, do not wish to and yes, they are definitely pricey!
I had a vague feeling that I had seen reports of even higher figures than the 15% I cited. Certainly Madame AF herself cannot cope with "3D" rendering any question of "upgrading" our TV moot to say the least of it! Like you I am surprised that Apple decided to release v7 with this "feature", however, at least one now has an excuse for refusing to even look at this or that mate's latest acquisition!
I am rather surprised that Apple have made such an elementary error given that it is a well known phenomenon that the various forms of ersatz 3D on the market today have precisely that effect on about 15% of viewers.
Spot on. The phone simply makes no business sense in "the third world". However, it makes a lot of sense from Cupertino's point of view if they are taking aim at Samsung, HTC, Sony etc as far as their mid-point offerings are concerned.
.........genuine and credible hardware patents - they have after all been in the game a long time and done an awful lot of R&D. If these patents are indeed nonessential and not covered by FRAND terms then HTC will just have to pay up. Oh and yes, as has already been pointed out this has bugger all to do with The Demonlords of Redmond because all they got as part of the purchase of the mobile division was the right to "rent" use of the patents for ten years.
"By building its own hardware, Turner said, Microsoft has gained a far better insight into what he described as the "seams" between hardware and software, which have often been a weakness for PC makers when compared to more tightly integrated vendors, such as Apple.e"
...........but what he is saying (plus Ballmer's pretty objective assessment of where MS are in mobile) may indicate they have learnt something. Hmm? Although I realise of course that is the last thing that some here want to hear. Icon? Chosen deliberately, I do assure you.
My apologies for an off topic digression but I was reminded of an old joke about a dyslexic devil worshipper who was utterly crushed when he realised he had sold his soul to Santa. I know, see icon.
My guess would be that "the boys" are more likely to be sexist than racist but I have to admit that some of the postings on this thread are very depressing.
Agree entirely. Those kinds of Neanderthal comments vanish over the event horizon of embarrassment.
I entirely agree. So far (10.22 GMT 19th Sept) there are at least three or four postings on this thread whose "authors" should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
"It's the same the whole world over,
It's the poor that get the blame,
It's the rich that get the pleasure,
Ain't it all a bloody shame."
"Dell has now amassed more than 133,000 partners worldwide, with circa 4,000 certified as top-tier Preferred or Premier. It approves tens of thousands of deal registrations a quarter - the mechanism Dell uses reward firm that bring deals to the table - and this is all too much to risk."
Any other attitude would definitely be a case of torching the barn with all the stock inside.
.........the carriers to put any genuine PR/advertising effort behind the device. This is particularly true of producers that do not have any kind of whip hand. The carriers are a plague on us all, regardless of which phone/operating system we might prefer.
...........take this view. However, I would argue that being willing to poke up with an OS is not exactly a reccomendation. If we, pro techies and enthusiastic amateurs alike, cannot be bothered to regard change as, potentially positive and interesting, what hope is there for the "great unwashed"? If we of all people react by whining "why doesn't it just work" what hope is there with regard to persauding the aforementioned that "RTFM" might be something worth doing?
" Non-fanatics were stunned by the fact that Apple hadn't included those basic features in v.1."
.............to agreeing with a certain famous chair-throwing former CEO but his comments on the first iPhone were (IMHO) right on the money. What was innovative about v.1 was that Jobs persuaded so many to buy it even at the price Apple were asking for it! :-)
Your posting is, unfortunately, a "straw-man argument". The point here is that Western governments have been forcing companies within their jurisdiction to do precisely what Chinese companies have been accused of. The issue is not being "virgins" with regard to what Chinese companies might get up to but rather the hypocrisy of our own governments.
That somehow does not come as an amazing shock to me!
Now all we need to know is where this company will be paying their taxes - if any.
"It would have made more sense for them to take the baby Mammoths. Take enough and the population will start to dwindle and become unsustainable."
............with the reaction of modern day she-elephants to anyone threatening one of their calves. The safe option it most certainly wouldn't have been!
"According to its China website, the low cost multi-coloured iPhone 5C will be available for between 4,488 and 5,288 yuan ($733-864, £466-549)."
Low cost? I realise of course that the English language is changing rapidly but this is a new definition of low cost with which I am totally unfamiliar.
You have of course a link or some such which confirms that assertion? Or are you personally so right-wing that you take the view that anyone who criticises an American company is, by definition, a raving Commie??
Indeed. Their idea of democracy is the more dollars you have the more votes you are entitled to.
...........I'll take a look at it later today.
"megapixel camera, and costs 1,999 yuan, ($327) for the 16GB version and 2,499 yuan ($408) for 32GB – about half the......."
At those prices the 32GB version would be about £300 inc VAT.
Just to take the point a little further. I believe that (given the brand recognition that they now have) the only thing that is holding Samsung back from forking Android and going its own way is the issue of setting up their own independent ecosystem as far as apps are concerned.
I was just about to post that link! It is indeed a very interesting pont. It is clear that Mountain View have decided that if the OEMs and the carriers will not work with them as far as this is oncerned then Google has to work round them. The more obvious this becomes the less the producers and the carriers are going to like it given that they all have an interest in not allowing as many upgrades as the given device would support. I wonder if any of them are considering "doing. an Amazon" forking the OS and going it alone?
..........American and European competition authorities are going to have to decide what, if anything, they can do about Amazon's business strategy. Perhaps they might dust off the regulations concerning predatory pricing? After all the whole point of having a free market is continuous competition without any one company achieving ultimate victory - a victory that would most certainly not be in the interests of the customer.*
*Choice of icon? Historical irony.
"Which is way, way fewer than any competing OSs....OS-X is on over 2,000 known vulnerabilities now, and Linux has had well over 900 in the kernel alone...SUSE 10 is approaching 4,000...."
..........whatever you say. I would in fact be the first to acknowledge that Linux based systems are (relatively speaking) less vulnerable than many types of Windows based systems. Howeve, their braindead refusal to accept that Redmond has raised its game since BG's famous "secure computing" memo is pretty much what one expects from the "commited" (and some of them certainly should be).
.............screwed any chance of Nokia coming onboard will not be taken kindly by the usual suspects.
I am not sure what your point is. Google and Moto are also American (or "Googerola" if you will) are they not?
"I'm sure there were lots of engineers hoping for a second great time for Nokia, perhaps with Maemo or Meego or whatever"
Unfortunately Nokia senior management with their internal turf-wars between the Symbianites and the Meegoista had succeeded in comprehensivly fucking that duck before MS came on the scene.
"In the US, however, KitKat is manufactured and sold by the Hershey Company, a Nestlé competitor. The chocolate was originally created by Rowntree Mackintosh of York, England, which licensed the brand to Hershey in the 1970s. When Nestlé bought Rowntree in 1988, that licensing arrangement remained in place – and it is to the Hershey KitKat website that the Android site now links."
As far as free advertising goes it's win-win for them both.
................. when MS make their own?"
Since the launch of WP8 Nokia figures have been 80% of all phones sold. Frankly I cannot see why the other OEMs bother. They are scarcely going to lose out in any meaningful way. I run a Lumia 820 btw and am very pleased with it.
He was an extremely talented writer who could have chosen virtually any genre to write in. I'm glad he chose SF. He combined intelligence, artistry and a clear moral vision (although never preachy) in a manner that only a relatively small number of writers achieve in any field of literary endevour.