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Re: "MS doesn't have much in the way of content or services to recoup profits from"
That is indeed a point. However, I would distinguish here between the Windows RT version of the "Surface" where your point indisputably applies and the Win 8 Pro version where Office will not be bundled with the device.
Re: Big supposition there...
Indeed it is. Redmond have already said that they will be pricing those two products at similar price-points to where the OEMs will be selling similar classes of products. This suggests that as long as the OEMs do not have the same insane ambitions as they had when the first Android tablets came out (when they were expecting to be able to charge more than Apple were for the original iPad FFS!) MS is not intending to be particularly aggressive towards its own industry partners as far as pricing is concerned. Furthermore Redmond are not in a position to be an "own producer" (without a substantial and expensive strategic shift that would take several years to implement) in the way Apple are and cannot easily take the place of the OEMs as far as that side of the business is concerned. If of course the OEMs are unwilling to read the memo as far as pricing is concerned (the ultrabook segment being largely an unfortunate example at the moment) then things may change in the longer term. However, it won't be this year or next!
Re: "naa" Those who are holding those short positions better hope that they have.........
...........guessed correctly otherwise the apparent scale of those postions suggests that someone is going the take the mother of all baths. The rise in the share price has been very sharp indeed, unless that is followed by a fall that is on near the same scale some of the stripy shirt brigade are going to be in some difficulty when time comes to settle up. Not that that will cause me to shed any tears. -:P
".........sent Nokia shares on an unusual high....."
Therein lies the clue. Whenever a company is in trouble the market sharks try one of two strategies. Attacking a company's share price by various "shorting" tactics or pumping the share price by means of some form of market manipulation. One means to achieve the latter is to spread false rumours in an attempt to create an artificial increase in share value. This approach has been used three times in the last twelve months with Nokia stock. First it was MS themselves who were the alleged suitors, then it was Samsung and now Lenovo. The stripy shirted sharks appear to lack imagination.
Re:"If I am not wrong ( I could easily be ) they need a working model to have it patented?"
Unfortunately you are mistaken. Sadly the (eminently sensible) requirement that can be summed up as "No working prototype, no patent" is in fact not a requirement. Which is why Cupertino can and do produce a huge stream of concept patents in an attempt to plant a gigantic judicial minefield all over mobile tech space. They are by no means the only offender as far as this tactic is concerned but they are certainly amongst the most assiduous practitioners.
I am not, to say the least of it, any fan of Intel but the following statement............
"Intel is not having a lot of luck in the smartphone sector with its Atom line"
...........is a touch premature isn't it? AFAIK they are are only just beginning to release phones based on Intel's chip. Don't you guys read Reg Hardware? Where the "San Diego" was reviewed about four weeks ago? It had the subheading "Intel’s first smartphone aims to shake up the mid-range market." (My added emphasis). They said further: "a retail version of Intel’s own Gigabyte-built smartphone reference platform built around a hyper-threading 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom "
I know that the mobile tech sector moves very fast but not that flaming fast. I still have no idea how Intel's phone chips are going to do and neither have you. I am afraid that that line was an example of rhubarb journalism. You know, as in the sound actors make when they wish to make it sound as if they are saying something.
@Magister "Using the whole chicken is perverted" What is more it is............
...........very unfair on the chicken and can lead to confusion over who or what is supposed to be stuffed.
@Andrew Jones 2 "Why is this an Android only issue?"
It is of course not an Android only issue (as you point out yourself and explain why in point 2.). Indeed, the article itself (as far as I can see) does not mention the os at all, it only appears in the subheading. Now why might the subbie (or whoever composed that subheading) have chosen to frame it in that way? I put to you that we all know why it was done that way and we also see the same kind of approach to headlines when it involves Redmond, Cupertino etc. etc. Knowing why of course does not make it any less irritating. -:)
"Zynga has not replied to repeated requests for comment."
Fifth Amendment silence perhaps?
Re: I met a traveller from an antique land
It is a terrific poem. About as evocative as it is possible to write. A timely reminder to all who think that what they know and the times they live in have anything other than a very short (in historical terms) shelf-life.
"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Re: "singing about gold a lot." Oh please don't. Otherwise the bugger will make..........
.........."Hobbit the Musical" after he has released the director's cut of all three episodes of this one!
Re: Too much padding?
Precisely. LOTR itself of course needed to be a trilogy - it would have been impossible to give it anything like the proper treatment otherwise. Indeed, the extended cut justified itself IMHO, artistically as well as commercially. However, stretching The Hobbit (a novel that I am very fond of BTW) to three films is no more than a very shabby piece of commercial exploitation without the faintest tinge of artistic merit. The novel is a little jewel in it's own right and deserves to be treated as such.
"Aping Apple with custom kit for Surface slabs"
I see. Are we to take from that subheading that Apple invented providing custom accessories with the main device?
"Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment"
One assumes that nobody at Vulture Central is holding their breath.
"The timing of these insider sales two months before is suspect"
Re: "Things that used to rule the Net." Never mind the Net - there is nothing new..........
...............under the sun. The "Tulipmania" peaked in Holland in 1637 and when it then crashed in ruined a very large number of people. The "valuations" reached the equivalent to a skilled manual worker's annual salary per bulb before it all when tits up. Or the infamous "South Sea Bubble" which reached it's top in about 1720 before "deflating" leaving the shares at about their flotation price (sound familiar?) and the national economy in depression. The net facilitates this kind of mass financial idiocy but the idiocy itself is as old as the hills. The primary difference being is that we now see the effects on a global rather than merely national scale.
@Wensleydale Cheese. RE "I have got to slap your wrists on that one."
You are using the install/update process when installing a new os (when you of course get all, accumulated updates/patches) as an argument? You are suggesting that on "Patch Tuesday" it is a Windows user's regular experience to get several gigs coming down the pipe rather than (order of magnitude) megs? Well, far be it from to hinder you in making an ass of yourself but I would suggest that you re-think that line of argument.
Indeed. In fact paraphrasing the Bard by pointing out that they seem to have been........
.........."hoist upon their own marketing petard" would appear to be in order.
"Far more useful is the new off-line voice typing facility"
Now that is seriously useful. Its not everyone who is particularly comfortable with a virtual keyboard for more than a couple of sentences. Many are of course (I am myself) but there plenty who aren't and I have no doubt that they will welcome this aspect. Apart from anything else there are many people who, for reasons of age and/or infirmity rather than preference, find using an on-screen keyboard very difficult indeed.
Re: Not evil enough
I feel sure that the deployment of any form of J***** B***** is banned under several international conventions. If it isn't, it bloody well should be.
Re: "right where I hold the thing. Very useful..."
You're holding it wrong.
Re: "Possibly you are using an older preview version?"
That very possible. The response to mouse and touch gestures and the nature of those gestures was significantly changed/improved between the "Build" version and the "Customer Preview". The degree of predictability and precision in the CP version is a different ball game entirely in comparison to the pre-beta.
Re: "Fixed with a fracking start icon" Try performing exactly the same................
...........mouse movement only "right-click" when you reach bottom left. Yes, that's right - you'll see an entirely different menu that has absolutely nothing to do with the metro start menu. A whole list of facilities that bear an amazing resemblance to - well I'll leave you to find out for yourself.
Yes, in comparisons *between* primate species, not...........
..............within the same species. I realise that there are some "scientists" who are trying to claim differently - they have yet to make a case that stands up to anything like genuine peer review. Give it a rest, the snide nature of the agenda in your original posting was tolerably obvious.
"@Pascal Monett "..................this was actually true.""
Indeed it is. However, when you relate brain mass to body weight you see that the percentage of body weight that brain-mass represents is identical in men and women. Furthermore, there are no reputable studies that have ever shown a difference in the intellectual capacities of men and women that can in any way be related to brain-mass at all. This appears to be something that the original poster was/is completely unaware of - perhaps his extra is not doing him as much good as he clearly thinks it is.
Cue massed howls of female laughter.
Re: "Every reply downvoted?"
Yes, I scrolled down the thread seeing one downvote after the other mostly on entirely innocuous posts where there was no apparent rhyme or reason to the vote. Most peculiar - some saddo I expect.
Re: @AC 20th July 19.19 "anecdotal evidence suggests"
I see that someone did not like my point. I pose one last question in this context. How many of you would be prepared on a thread like this to accept anecdotal "evidence" that favoured Nokia or most particularly Microsoft? You wouldn't, would you? In fact anyone who tried to post anything like that would get absolutely hosed, would he not?
@AC 20th July 19.19 Re: "anecdotal evidence suggests"
Anecdotal "evidence"? Are you serious? You mean a man down the pub told you? Or you are guessing because that view happens to suit what you want to post anyway? Anecdotal evidence my arse - FUD pure and simple.
Re: "and 4m shipped means 1.5m sold...."
Yes, clearly he is just trolling. The amazing thing is that he is so intellectually challenged that he thought nobody would notice and that it would be effective. Strange, hmm?
"and 4m shipped means 1.5m sold...."
I look forward in eager anticipation to you posting the link that provides explicit confirmation of that assertion. Unless of course it was just more AC-protected FUD, hmm?
Actually Andrew I agree. That is a reasonable and realistic...........
................assessment of the current situation. The howlers will not like it of course because the implication is that Nokia might prosper under certain circumstances. That is the last thing they want to hear and you can expect the usual "howling and fudding" in response to what you have posted.
Re: Can't see what the fuss is all about...
Never admit you were mistaken. Just do what several others do and remember that "posting as a AC means never having to say you are sorry" -:P. No, on a more serious note, I agree with you. MS made a poor purchase in 2007 and they have decided for accounting reasons to take the whole hit now. The background figures give a wholly different picture from the headline. Nokia, well the figures are not as poor as the market had been expecting and indeed their share price rose (a bit) on the news. However, the reality is that we will not know one way or the other before we see how the Finns do with WP8 - they screw up then its game over. I hope they do not because whatever certain howlers and haters might opine because of whom Nokia is allied with, Nokia going tits up would be a loss for us all regardless of whose phone/os we prefer.
Re: Past the peak
When you have woken up and stopped enjoying that lovely daydream do post again with something more closely in orbit around Planet Reality.
All they have to do now is..........
...............build it underground and call it the "Hive".
In cyberspace nobody can...............
.................avoid hearing Barry Shitpeas scream.
Re: "Fashionable to hate Facebook / two sides to a story" I will freely admit that my personal..
........name for FB is "ArseBook" which will give you some idea as to how I feel about it. However, I am sorry to see that a polite, friendly and rationally written post should be down-voted. I can only add an up-vote and say that I appreciate your contribution.
@localgeek Re: "You're Welcome, Mr. Zuckerberg". I congratulate you and...............
...............no, I am in fact, not being sarky. I will however say that I am deeply delighted that my good lady and I were never tempted to have our daily distraction level increased to start with -:). Being part of the "Global Village" is one thing, being part of a poisonous and demanding "Global Gossip Shop" with its attendant security risks is quite another matter.
"Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall"
If true and they are decently specced (yes I am, amongst other things, looking at those screen resolutions - if we are still talking no genuine high res they can go screw) then Intel's hopes for a mass-market in this form factor may be fulfilled. I remain to be convinced, especially since I am still not sanguine as to whether or not Intel has finally got the memo about what they can rationally expect to be able to charge for their cpus.
See title. -:)
@No, I will not fix your computer. Thanks for reminding me of that sketch...........
"Rowan Atkinson sketch where he starts a stopwatch, rips of in his car through back alleys, screehing tyres, across paths, through parks, through red lights, then drives onto the beach, stops his stopwatch and puts a sign in his guesthouse that says "less than 5 mins from the beach"."
.................I laughed out loud when I read your posting - its been years since I saw that one, I had quite forgotten it.
Thinner, lighter, blah, blah, blah. It's all very well but there must come a point when............
................these devices (and no, I am not just having a go at the iPhone) are thin and light enough. At the present state of the tech these obsessions come at the expense of other important elements - like having a decent sized battery in there just to mention one aspect. I am beginning to get arse-tired of hearing how light and how thin the latest offering is (regardless of which company we are talking about) when the net result is that the phones concerned often are not as good as they otherwise could have with regard to other criteria because they are being shoe-horned into ever smaller bodies (in the volumetric sense).
"One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 per cent..............
...................... of the benefits of the 10-inch screen."
I am frankly surprised that he spoke as if everybody is thick given that he normally had a masterly grasp of his relationship to his customers. Even someone who has no idea how to calculate the percentage increase in screen area per inch increase in the diagonal size can clearly see that the visual real estate increases sharply as the size of the diagonal increases. That is an elementary not to say trivial visual observation even for those whose trigonometry isn't up to very much.
Actually the visual difference is in practice not that great.
I downloaded the beta myself and installed it on our Win7 box in the front room. Using it as a keyboard/mouse package is to all practical intents and purposes little different from using 2010 (let us please not discuss the ribbon -:P). Unless you actually install it on a touch device you will not, in practice, notice any of the touch-UI optimisation. The package is no more/no less usable on a conventional pc than the previous version and the implication in the headline that it has been "metroed" is, to say it mildly, somewhat exaggerated. It has some new/extra features that the individual user may find useful but if you did not like 2010 you are not going to feel any friendlier towards this version.
I assume that you are trying to claim that you have no personal experience...............
"Although the steps themselves are opaque, it is still possible to cop an eyeful from below through the gaps between the steps ... err, apparently."
............dubious, very dubious.
I am not surprised that they almost can't give it away.................
................I've seen Norwegian TV! (See my handle). On a more curious note I realise now that I and my good lady have been seriously radical and ahead of the curve for once -:P. We have not bothered with the Telly for several years now. The only reason we have the service available is that the cable company (Canal Digital) won't supply you with a broadband connection unless you buy the basic telly package as well. Our Sammy in the living room is our home cinema screen and a monster pc monitor - I honestly cannot remember the last time we actually used it as a TV.
@Tom 13 : I should of course have made clear that I am in my middle fifties - that makes.......
...........my point about the time-line and "culture" issue I referred to rather clearer. That was the "we" I was speaking about. -:)
@Tom 13 RE "but not so much for your average punter."
Yes, this is in fact a real problem that I in my opinion is rooted in the education system. We are the last generation that have grown up with people for whom the pc is some "new thing". When I was a very little lad a much loved friend of our family was a very elderly gentleman for whom the telephone was something he hated and feared despite the fact that he was a chap of considerable intellect. This "technophobia" is something we have to address - though how we tackle it is something that I do any good suggestions for.
"tricking prospective marks into clicking a link"
Until the average punter learns that he/she should not click on any link in any context unless they are certain of the site's or the e-mail's bona fides these scammers will continue to be on earners. It is not as if people are not being regularly warned about this kind of thing in the main-stream media - they are. I frankly speaking do not have any idea what can be done to get the average pc user to stop doing this. These issues have had loads of publicity all over, not just at sites like El Reg. It ought to be bloody obvious by now that "free porn", "you have won", "account cancellation alert", "update your account details" etc should ring very loud warning bells even amongst those whose IQ is challenged by their shoe size. I am not seriously suggesting that people should have to apply for a pc-license and take a test but sometimes the temptation to do so is overwhelming!
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