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@Nick Ryan. Re: "It's rare that I come across software that's so gob-smackingly awful....
.......that you're left in a gibbering state wondering just what the **** were the developers thinking?"
Erm, not that rare. Cyberlink Power DVD and iTunes come to mind immediately.
Re: Mac Business Unit
I would guess that since the unit actually working on MS software for Macs would by definition need those machines in order to do their work they would of course be supplied with them on the company's dollar. What the "baristas" in sales and marketing might fancy is another issue entirely.
"non-reflective screen, which is a welcome change."
Hallelujah! Sammy has seen the light brothers and sisters! On a slightly more serious note I have to say that it is about time. They are selling into the budget workhorse end of the market and I think they (and the other OEMs) can afford to spare their customers eye-strain, rising irritation and possible migraine. If I want to shave I use the bathroom mirror, not my lappie.
@AC 20th March 2012 17:31 Re: "if". If the company I worked for was headed up by a guy........
.............with these opinions:
"A harsh environment is a good thing", "Hungry people have especially clear minds" and "An army of one thousand is easy to get, one general is tough to find."
I'd start a frakking trades union, never mind join one.
Re: "got caught". It is very interesting indeed. It is not often we see any example..........
...........of "BigCorp" openly firing senior execs. They normally prefer them to leave quietly speaking about "the exciting new challenges they are going to and how much they have enjoyed their time at the company." Tightly clutching their golden goodbyes on the way out the door - natch. These two must have been very naughty indeed if Redmond decided that making a public example of them in this way was necessary/desirable. It is in fact pretty much a career-killer for both of them - I mean with all the implications behind the way they have left the company they are not going to find it very easy to get new positions, revolving door culture regardless.
"However, the backdown by Elsevier and Washington seems to have had little effect"
Delighted to hear it. As a research scientist my only comment on Elsevier is that they stink - for reasons already mentioned so I will not bother to repeat them.
"Got a smartphone? Then you're still at work"
I think that I have just discovered a user case for resurrecting my old Nokia candy-bar.
All I can say is that if the following is true..............
"That means the average American teenager awake from 7am until 10pm sends a text every 15 minutes."
...........then we need look no further for an explanation for why our cousins over the other side of the pond are so worried about their education system. In those circumstances how the fuck you would be able to concentrate on anything other than your shiney and your unbelievably important social interactions when you are at junior/senior high (allegedly getting an education) is beyond me. If, of course, these stats are anything other than complete and utter spherical objects.
Re: Don't see why the fuss
Indeed. Demos attract Murphy's imps like iron filings to a magnet - been there, done that, God help me!
Hold the front page! Beta version is buggy.
Pope, bears etc.
Re: Could be worse. Indeed, they could be intending to use 1980s hardware........
..........though the sight of the plods equipped with mobile phones the size and weight of the average building brick with about 45 min standby time would have a certain comedy value.
Re:"She's a standard model then, wouldn't you say?"
@PaulR79 "Re: Who paid". Indeed,the temptation to ask them when it............
...........will get it's ICS update would be irresistible!
Re: No effect + No tunnel either
Yes, given that she was chosen by that continent-wide joke "I like 'em young Berlusconi", it is no surprise that she is several neutrinos short of a complete theory.
Re: the average queuer was packing £1,217 worth of electronics on them
According to several surveys a significant proportion of Apple's customers can, entirely fairly, be described as the "well heeled middle classes". In the US their main demographic (approx 50% of their customer base) are twenty to thirty something males living in households with a combined income of over $100,00 per annum. That being the case I am not at all surprised at the above figure.
@Paul_Murphy:Re. "We wants to work at Apple some day..........
.............Good luck to him."
Despite the fact that I and my good lady do not have a singe Apple product in the house (and have no desire to), I heartily agree - we wish him nothing but the best.
Re: It can't be easy... "Perhaps a visit to the pub could help..."
Then after several pints of full strength old goat botherer he'll feel as if he has actually been hit by an NEO.
".....tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements."
Corporate stonewalling, nothing else. I do not believe that their CEO opened his mouth recently by "accident" and nor do I believe that their chief designer opened his gob and "just let it slip". This is a fairly typical example in the business of a carefully calibrated "build up interest campaign" going into the spring. We can confidently expect the carefully placed "leaks/obscure video clips" in the course of the summer and the official announcement at Nokia's big "do" in September - I'll eat my old Nokia candybar pan-fried if it does not play out like that. They are simply doing what any company does and that is to do their best to play the media like a violin - and the media of course are very willing to oblige. Cynical, me? No not all - I'm the naive and trusting type.
There are a couple of little problems here for the Western companies' "sweatshop hopping".
1. As James 51 has already pointed out, where are they going to go when they run out of said sweatshops? The capacity to avoid keeping ahead of the game by ingenuity and innovation and rely instead on finding yet another cheap country is, in reality, finite.
2. What are they going to do about countries like, of course, China who now have some of their own companies (and they will increase in number) producing ever better kit who can still undercut Western producers because their wage rates although rising are still well under those in the West?
In sum, by only being interested in chasing the bottom line in the short term it is not unlikely that they are now going to find themselves thoroughly out-competed by the new and rising industrial countries.
Let me see now.
We have increasing competition in a rapidly changing market which in reality has only just begun to develop and is several/many years away from being mature and we see one of the major players cutting prices. Due to efficiencies they say - and that may well be the case, they have still been obliged to pass them on to the customer instead of pocketing them for themselves in order to keep up with/stay in a rapidly changing game. A highly competitive. young and somewhat unstable (rather like cloud systems in general now and then -:P) market with several players scrambling to position themselves leads to downward price pressure - who would have thought it, see icon.
Most unfortunate if true.
"Cult of Mac theorizes that Siri's senility is due to Apple throttling the compute power it devotes to question-and-answer processing because of the high demand that the iPhone 4S's success is putting on its servers."
If (and I stress "if") it is the case that Apple have taken to restricting the available processing for Siri then the issue of "beta version" becomes a rather different issue. It is one thing to warn your customers (albeit buried in the small print) that the version is in beta and quite another to partially cripple yourself. It should perform as well as the given beta is capable of performing - not be artificially restricted because demand for a service that you yourself hyped with the launch of your product has proven to be more than you feel like devoting the resources to. I hope for the sake of Apple's enthusiastic customers that "Cult of Mac's" hypothesis is incorrect otherwise somebody is taking the piss out of them.
Re: Will it still apply and is it relevan? Err...yes it has to be, unless of course.........
..............the competition authorities actually want to make complete, total and utter knobheads of themselves by allowing Microsoft to get away with exactly the same behavior that they sanctioned them for before. It would be so obvious and so grotesque that I doubt whether they would permit it - although one should obviously never say never.
@Michael H.F. Wilkinson "like stapling my ears to a wall.............,
....................or putting my hand in a meat grinder."
Happily Madam AF shares my feelings on the matter, I have therefore been able avoid having to resort to self-harm.
"Study shows soap operas trigger aggression in women"
I personally think that watching that shit would wind anybody up, male or female. I only have to hear the theme tune from A Certain Famous Soap to feel my blood pressure rising.
@AC 10th March 2012 06:58 GMT:......Re: "yes but"
"How much energy does it take to produce the hardware, eg nano wires, then actually harvest the hydrogen?"
I was primarily thinking of the fascinating prospect that they might be able to produce short-chain hydrocarbons - hence my reference to basic solvents. If that became possible and even better the smaller hetero atom molecules then the effects could be very far-reaching indeed in the chemicals industry. The savings in energy consumption and pollution costs would be enormous and would, if the process were driven by sunlight, certainly repay the development, production and running costs. Just imagine if pentane, hexane, heptane and perhaps toluene (the simplest mono-substituted six-member aromatic ring) could be produced by this analogue of a biological system. Furthermore if the smaller hetero atomic molecules (ie containing at least one other atom other than carbon and hydrogen) were possible giving us (perhaps) the four smallest alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol and butanol) or perhaps even such solvents as tetrahydrafuran and dioxane then the effects would be utterly transformative. If such artificial sun-driven analogues of biological production systems became realizable the positive effects throughout industrial production on a world-wide basis would be so huge that it is not possible to do them justice in a small posting such as this.
"With this structure, we have enhanced, by at least 400,000 times......................,
..........................the surface area for chemical reactions,”
That is very bloody impressive and of course vital for the efficiency of the structure. If in the future they can actually generate hydrocarbons without exploiting a finite resource (oil) then the chemical industry would (might) be utterly transformed. Apart from anything else the energy and resource costs associated with the mass production of basic solvents would be whole different ball game given that neither oil nor (one assumes) the "cracking" process (very dirty and energy expensive) would be involved.
"Yes, Brits, you can pre-order one now, or grab a sleeping bag...................
.....................and start making your way to Regent Street."
The Old One is more likely to complain about the air conditioning in the "Other Place" than I am to do any such thing. Utterly regardless of which producer/manufacturer we are talking about.
Just one small question.
If Apple does indeed negotiate some kind of licensing agreement with the Android OEMs which involves a net payment per device from them to Cupertino, will we be seeing the same type of postings howling about the "Apple tax" as we regularly see about the "Microsoft tax"? After all if this does come to fruition they will be doing exactly the same as MS has done. The only difference being of course that The Great Demon Spawn of Redmond has not spent the last year or two trying to completely destroy Android in countless legal actions all over known space.
"If you host TeamDrive inside your firewall then your data is maintained on your servers under your control. You get file sync and sharing without having to use a cloud model."
That seems like a solution that might interest a number of companies for whom even relatively short outages would represent a serious problem.
"If you go that route, people are only going to buy one or maybe two devices. They'll wind up carrying a piece of hardware about and using it for more than one thing in more than one situation."
...........many a true word spoken in jest.
Re: "..just to be sure". Weedol? Surely everbody knows that if you want to be sure.......
............you have to take off and nuke from orbit.
Re: A step in the right direction,
For some strange reason they design phones for people like themselves, office workers -:). Now I am not knocking the white-collar brigade (these days I belong to it myself) but it is a very different working-life style from the daily experience of the manual worker. "Noise, dirt, often poor lighting conditions and impact risk" sums it up roughly and it is surely beyond dispute that the industry in general has, to a significant extent, failed to take that into account when designing/building their products.
Well, that just about defines...........
.........what goes around, comes around. It is somewhat ironic that in a certain sense Western countries are breaching the environmental protection laws in their own countries by this roundabout route. Seems like, one way or the other, we get the goods we want and the pollution we don't whether we like it or not. There's a moral in there somewhere!
RE:"So who's paying for all this wasted court time?"
Er......we are - as customers and as taxpayers. That's the way it works. BigCorp's directorati have their fun and we (by one means or another) pick up the bill. Marie Lloyd expressed it thus:
"It's the rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame,
It's the same the whole world over, ain't it all a bloomin' shame."
Things have taken an even more dangerous turn in recent years.
What we have seen develop over the last decade or so is a trade in patents as financial instruments independent of their original intention. In much the same way that we saw mortgages in the US market become traded as commodities that were to all practical intents and purposes independent of the original purpose of the loan, we now see patents traded in as financial papers. The result is that we have a sort of Frankenstein's monster of speculative buy and selling with no relation to the purpose. Patent law must be reformed and this spiv's market dismantled.
Non-specific deity on a prosthesis!
Is it really possible that the prime minister's office think that there is an "app for that"? He is apparently (if this story is anywhere near real) trying to offload his responsibilities as the nation's CEO onto a fucking app?! Deciding who to hire and fire is a primary part of his flaming job - if he cannot manage that himself then someone should direct that app at him.
@David 14 I agree actually, you have a point.
I run an Android mob personally but I have to say that with many of the issues raised this year regarding both Android and iOS as far as privacy and security is concerned one is obliged to wonder. I certainly think that the authorities and enterprise should take a closer look at these issues and insist that both Cupertino and Mountain View raise their game. That would be to the benefit of both corporate and national security. Furthermore we might get improved security and privacy as well - well one can always hope, although I freely admit that I am not holding my breath!
@FatsBranningan. I would have been more impressed.......
.......if they had managed to stop eating fries rather than simply renaming them!
Re: Iphone rumours . Not so. With regard to all the other tech in the article...........
...........it is stuff that is being produced or is known to be entering production. I.e. It is stuff we will be seeing next year. What, however, may or may not be in the iUnmentionable5 is pure rumor and as such is nothing more than free advertising for iFruit.
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