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@IglooDude The only reason I did not post a correction myself is because reading............
.............reading that part of the article induced a catatonic state from which I have only just recovered. This is however, not the first time they have sinned so grievously. In the following article they were apparently unaware that Majel Barrett-Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel* in TOS. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/16/google_siri_will_be_called_majel/). According to them the good lady was, in practice, only well known for the voice of the ST computer. How did they let that through, are they unaware of the geek ratio here? There are certainly people posting here who can manage whole episodes by heart and some of them can probably speak Cardassian never mind Klingon - what were they thinking about?
*Or for that matter Deanna Troi's mother Lwaxana in STNG.
Re: "Why is this on el reg?" El Reg very helpfully provide a clue for the hard of thinking.......
.........in the form of a category (you have heard of that concept no? It keeps things separate.) known as "Boot notes" which is El Reg-speak for amusing and entertaining off the wall news items that rarely if ever have anything to do with tech.
You couldn't make it up.
The US patents office has just granted Apple a broad patent on the wedge shape to "protect" the MBA. How it is even possible to patent a geometric shape known to the Babylonians is the most insane thing I have ever heard of.
@h4rm0ny RE " Loads of people would love an ultrathin laptop"
I think that you are likely right, the only caveat being that the large majority of punters definitely do not like the £800 - £1000 price point. If AMD and the OEMs can bring decently specced ultrathins in at around the £600 mark then they will really have something cooking here. It will also give Intel a monumental headache because I do not think that Intel is yet willing to contribute to making the ultrabook mainstream by taking a hit on their normal pricing.
"Few Americans are taken in by that kind of nonsense....................
.....................but suggestions that a World Order cyber coup is in the offing seem to be swallowed more easily."
I am sure that the author is right in saying that only a minority of Americans are taken in by that particular brand of hard line right-wing tin foil hat nonsense. However, it is also an observable fact that they are heavily over-represented on that wing in Congress. Some sixty or so years after that lunatic Joel McCarthy wanted to investigate the then President of the United States Harry S. Truman for alleged communist sympathies nothing much has changed amongst his political inheritors.
"China often takes advantage of the diplomatic privileges afforded to embassy staff"
Delete "China" and insert any nation you care to name. To all practical intents and purposes a percentage of any embassy's staff, regardless of nationality, are spooks. See icon+title.
"He worked on jailbreaking SAS soldiers' iPhones."
..................whilst under heavy shelling from Cupertino.
RE:"Who on earth downvotes someone for posting information on the subject being discussed?"
A certain type of commentard when they fear that the information concerned might contradict something they prefer to believe. Try doing the equivalent on virtually any thread about, for example, "A Certain Major Software Company" or maybe "A Famous Mobile Phone Producer" - just don't be surprised if you get hosed with down-votes.
Got to agree with your old chap in regard to "Can Facebook users be bothered to vote?
According to one of my favourite Trek novels "Spock's World" the old Vulcan word for "idiot" meant "one who fails to participate in civic affairs".
@Magnus_Pym, RE: "to buy into Nokia "
Sorry old chap. When did MS buy a shareholding in Nokia? As far as I am aware they have a commercial agreement between them, not the one "buying into" the other company. If you have some new information in this regard to share with us, please do post the link concerned.
@dogged. Re: "You failed to read the article Barry."
He manages to get the wrong end of the stick (accidental on purpose like) so often that it is IMHO a waste of time trying to point it out to him. Though kudos/respect for trying.
".....But if they stay priced above £800....."
In a certain sense this is no surprise at all. In general punters are not willing to pony up to that extent. A quick look at the online catalogue of Scandinavia's largest computer retailer (I live in Norway) tells the tale. Of the 116 pcs from various producers they have available 70% are in the price range between £225 - £750 (and if you take a look at how many units they have in stock at each price point the disparity becomes even more striking). Over £800 is too much for a large majority of punters. It has been the case for a long time that the vast majority of ordinary retail customers will simply not drop most of a grand for a computer regardless of which form factor we are talking about. The Ultrabook/MBA market is, relatively speaking, a smallish minority segment and it is not clear to me how Intel are going to make the £800 - £1000 segment any kind of mass market price point. I am entirely willing to be proved wrong but I just can't see how they are going to do it.
Well, the battery life *may* not be as pony as past experience with Intel would suggest.
Anandtech did a review of the Lava Xolo X900 (running Android and using an emulator for the apps) and althought the battery in that phone was rather small the "normalised" battery life figures suggested that Medfield based phones would likely be reasonably competitive. We'll just have to see what this offering from Orange actually delivers when RegH takes a hands on look at it.
Re: Racist my arse!
No, probably not racist but certainly very ignorant cultural stereotyping. China is a huge nation of almost one and a half billion people and is in cultural terms very much a federation of peoples/ethnic groups. Attempting to "sum up" such a huge and diverse nation in the form of a lowest common denominator cliche is irredeemably stupid. The analyst's remarks say a great deal about the intellect of the person concerned and absolutely nothing of value about the Chinese peoples.
@diodesign I think that you can afford to take a very relaxed attitude to their..............
...........reaction to the "re-brander" meme, after all just think what the iPhans are doing for the site's click-rate every time El Reg winds them up like that. Oh, you have already, ok.
RE "Microsoft have a reasonable free security package."
I agree, Defender/Essentials has a very low resource footprint in comparison to the shite that McAfee and the rest of the AV scareware industry punt out and it appears to be at least as effective as most of the paid for packages. I have to admit though that if it really is the case that one in six effectively take no interest in the security of their pc (how that security should be organised and whether an AV package contributes much is of course the subject of some debate) I am almost inclined to feel some sympathy for Microsoft on the issue. They at least appear to have learnt something since Gate's memo on the subject of computer security whereas something like 17% of customers (apparently) continue to rejoice in their own ignorance.
@Chris W. Point taken.
I am wondering if there may not be an element of deliberating deciding not to rebuild...........
.............to the same level of production capacity that they had before? In order to shore up prices and therefore profitability? Has anyone seen anything on the levels of planned rebuilding? It would be interesting to compare that with pre-flood production capacity. I also have to say that the difference between what happened with the prices of external and internal hard drives (mentioned by several here) is indeed very peculiar.
".......a tell-tale sign of a 'co-jacking' that was spotted............."
Very positive to see that only one supplier fell for it. However I have to say that that the following........
"Suppliers that are shipping blind without any form of credit checks or contact with the customer need to redefine their business processes with special attention to where the goods are being delivered,"
..........made the choice of icon obligatory.
@dogged. RE "The Acer Iconia W500 runs it "
Yep, it does. Ours lives on the kitchen table currently. I will not say that it is an amazing experience given that the hardware is poor but it runs significantly better with 8 on board than it did with 7.
@Tim Worstal. That actually makes a lot of sense and did not at first.........
.........occur to me in relation to Foxconn's own motivations, some very good points in fact. However, I do feel that the general political background I referred to in my posting is also part of the bigger picture.
Re: 100 Years Behind
That certainly may be part of it. However, it is almost certainly the case that the Chinese authorities are acutely aware that their only chance of retaining control over events in China in the medium term is if their agrarian and industrial working class (by definition the overwhelming majority of the population) begin to see some of the benefits of the modernisation of their nation. Foxconn's "seeing the light" is probably at least partly a result of being heavily prodded by central government.
@GitMeMyShootinirons. For me the killer aspect to this film was the..........
........the casting of Eddie Murphy as Jar-Jar Binks. Given the nightmare that the original Jar-Jar was (it was the first and only time that I felt an overpowering urge to bite the back of the cinema seat in front of me and howl noooooo at the top of my voice) I feel that only Mr Murphy can truly do justice to this role.
@Perlcat RE "independent conservative democrat"
I see that a couple of Repubs hooked onto the the "democrat" bit whilst ignoring the fact that the guy appears to by trying to cover the entire US political spectrum. How about "independent liberal teabagger"? It makes about us much political sense!
The problem with trends is that they tend, albeit temporarily, to become the........
......new norm. If the over 4.5 inchers are seen to be selling extremely well (and indeed one has to say that something like Sammy's "Note" is a very fine piece of kit) then world+wife+dog amongst the OEMs will start, herd-like, to produce little else. My good lady was very impressed with a colleague's Galaxy Note but she (the missus) is only about 5ft in her socks and under 8st wringing wet. You can imagine that with her hands the Note would be very difficult to use in the usual way. One handed texting would be quite impossible for her. I do hope that the producers bear in mind that not all customers are equipped with the kind of shovels yours truly has on the end of his wrists!
It could be interesting.
With the latest tick or tock (I can never remember which way round Intel's jargon is) being released in products in Q4 and the release of the Haswell chips middle of next year sometime, AMD pursuing their own strategy, (and ARM will no doubt have their own plans) plus the prices coming down on panels with higher resolutions there does seem to be some basis for hope that something more interesting will start to become available whether one wants a table, a notebook or an Ultrabook/MBA etc. Furthermore, regardless of one's individual opinion of Win 8 the OEMs will certainly be wanting to use the opportunity to get us to open our wallets. I am not sanguine but there is at least some hope that there might be something worth buying out there in the course of the next 12 months.
Re: Riiiighhhhttt... Indeed. Whenever any nation talks in these terms.........
................there is always a great deal of self-serving hypocrisy involved. Just to take one point from this. Even if their (rather high) estimate of the Chinese military budget (at 180 billion) is true, the US military budget is still significantly over double that and that is without including the costs of their operations in Afghanistan and any remaining military presence in Irak. When one in turn considers that China is a nation with roughly four times the population of the US one has to regard (whatever opinion one has of the Chinese political system) their current military expenditure as fairly modest by comparison.
Nice specs, shame about the face.
All it would take is a somewhat better screen. We are obviously not talking so-called "retina display" but is it quite impossible for the OEMs to get past that poor display resolution at ordinary price-points? Has anybody got a clue as to why they are (all) doing this?
I enjoy watching a good wind-up as much as the next guy and whilst...........
..........the figures do indicate that WP7 has had a reasonable start in China the comparison with the iPhone should be treated with caution. A lot of the sales of The Great Shiney of Cupertino over there are on the grey-market and figures based on contract purchases probably underestimate it's presence.
@Zot "Or it proves the safety measures are faulty, and it was a false alarm!"
The challenges and difficulties in designing and implementing such systems are a perennial problem. Such development processes (since one wishes to err on the side of caution) are always bedevilled by false alarms and are eliminated (we hope) by a "trial and error" process where the "error" is that an operation may be unnecessarily suspended. However, that is the whole point, it is a deliberate choice to go the route of getting "false alarms" from time to time rather than catastrophic failure. Which would you rather have, hmm?
@tfewster "Yep, hence the troll icon. Maybe a "Joke Alert" would have been better?"
The risk with satire is that is sometimes can be too subtle. The views apparently expressed in your original posting are most definitely alive and kicking in certain circles in the States. I should also perhaps mention that I have on several occasions asked/begged El Reg for a "Satire alert" icon!
@AC 11.55 GMT Much as it pains me I have to be fair and say that Apple themselves........
...........may not have been involved in this set of threats. It may simply have been at the initiative of the reseller the article mentions - although I grant you that his behaviour is little different from that we expect and have seen regularly from Cupertino.
@jake Absolute, the expression "grinding hard labour" does not even begin to cover it.
My father when he was younger used to cultivate a moderately large vegetable garden. He enjoyed doing it and it kept him fit. However, despite his hard work it only provided about 20% of what we as a family needed in the course of a year. As he said himself, "bugger doing this on the large scale"!
Lewis, you do love tilting at windmills don't you?
There is not a cat's chance in hell that such measures would get any form of serious political support at all. Not in the "developed world" or, for that matter, in the "underdeveloped world" because they have no plans to continue living in the kind of poverty they are still experiencing. The overwhelming majority of our fellow earthlings have absolutely no intention of living the kind of hair-shirt existence on a permanent basis that the extremist end of the sustainability movement are howling for. My question then is why are you devoting so many column inches to attacking these groups? One might almost get the impression that you have political problems with the basic concept of sustainability - and by that I do not mean the kind of stuff those loony-tunes are calling for.
I feel that, all things taken into consideration, that the mark is fair.
Other than that it is obvious that the Lumia series currently is a holding action by Nokia. If by Q4 we do not see a genuine flagship phone running WP8 then the Finns won't have any excuses. I hope they will, Nokia at their best are fully capable of building superb phones. Unless MS in some very clear way frakk up with WP8 then Nokia will have the elbow room to do the necessary. If, however, they fail to do so then I fear that it will be looking very bleak for them indeed.
@Tom Maddox Re: "He thinks his shtick is funny. So far, he's wrong."
I have a doom-laden feeling that there will be no "so far" about it.
@Tom 101 Actually old chap an awful lot of very ordinary people contribute.........
.....through their work, on very ordinary salaries with no possibility creative tax planning, to ensuring that our society functions. Without their contribution we wouldn't have any kind of functioning society at all. They (many millions of them) are every bit as important to us all as people like this chap. The difference is that they are, like me an thee, ordinary folk without the overweening sense of entitlement that so many members of the 1% elite seem to have.
"This may be partly due to low wages and poorer working conditions..........."
Let me see now. You outsource your production to a country where you can get away with paying poor wages and employing people under conditions that would be directly illegal in your company's home country. Thereupon you discover that your
sweated serfs employees don't feel 100 % loyal and committed to you. Hmm, yes that might indeed be at least a part of the problem. See icon.
I frequently make gestures at my laptop..........
...........although whether those gestures would be any use controlling the os is another matter!
"CCDP"? My problem is I am not sure, given what one suspects they would like to do, that....
.......they did not mean "CCCP". *
*Younger members may need to google that. -:P
As far as the tablet market is concerned, what about the gorilla in the room?
How can one speculate about what will happen in the coming 2 - 3 years or so as far as any "disruptive" effect is concerned without expressing some opinion concerning the effect that MS' entry into the tablet market may or may not have (either way). Whether one is inclined to argue that Win 8 (which ever flavour one is talking about) will be a total dog or that it will do very well is entirely irrelevant. Giving the impression that the coming couple of years or so can be evaluated as purely a struggle between iOS and Android without taking Redmond into account is an implicit assumption that Win8 is going to bomb so badly in tablet space that it can be safely ignored. Now that's fair enough if you believe that to be the case - but then say so explicitly and say why. Pretending that the issue does not exist is IMHO not an option in a discussion of this kind.