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"The standout finding is that one in six of us would interrupt sex..............
..................to leap out of bed and answer the phone".
No, nothing else, just no.
Sometimes such spam/phishing cons are sufficently clever that........
...........it is to some extent understandable that people get caught. However, a very large amount of the time it is in fact very difficult to understand how in hell these scams work. No, I am not having a pop at "the great unwashed" or "chavs" or any other insulting characterisation of "others" for being (naturally) far less intelligent than yours truly. That is not my point at all. I genuinely do not understand how it is possible (sometimes) that these work. To give an example of what I mean. I work at a university, allegedly containing some of the most intelligent and well educated people in society. Recently a large number of employees received an e-mail purporting to come from Amazon and it has to be said it was pretty good - the resemblance to Amazon's advertising e-mails was very well done. There were however two things with that e-mail. Number one, it asked you to click on a link to go and make changes to your account at Amazon. Number two, many of those who received it were indeed Amazon customers but had *never* ordered anything from that company via their uni account and should of course realised that Amazon did not have that e-mail address. These two issues should naturally have ensured that virtually nobody in this "grove of academy" this repository of education and intelligence did anything so fucking stupid. Wrong! The number of individuals whose uni e-mail address was (as they should perfectly well have remembered/realised) was totally unknown to Amazon who not only believed that the e-mail was genuine but clicked on that link and provided account details was embarrassingly large and created some serious security problems. We are not talking about (alleged) "hoi polloi" we are talking about people who (allegedly) belong to the top twenty percent or so with regard to IQ.
RE:"You get what you pay for"
Indeed and as to your point concerning who Apple are marketing to a survey I read recently concerning the iPad in the US showed clearly that their main demographic is 20 - 30 something males in households with a joint income of over $100.00 per annum.
As far as this comment from the article goes
"but in my experience it hasn't gone nearly far enough to rival the iPad for elegance and polish."
However much he hedges that comment it is IMHO meaningless. The question is not whether the people who are Apple's marketing goal are going to stop buying iPads and buy the Fire instead (they most certainly *won't*) the question is what proportion of people *in general* coming into the market are going to regard the Fire at the price concerned as attractive. The Fire is only competing with the iPad in the sense of it being a content provider. I simply do not see the point in comparing the iPad (which is high end kit) as *hardware* with the Fire. The question is will enough customers find the experience attractive enough to make the KF a success. The author pays lip service to much of this but then hedges it about with caveats and comparisons that I feel simply are not relevant to the outcome. Comparing a high end tablet like the iPad with something like the Fire in hardware terms and the sophistication of the os ( iOS does not float my personal boat but I recognise that it is a mature os developed for a high-end device and cannot be compared to what Amazon have done in any meaningful sense.)
The only relevant judgement in this instance will be the Fire's first quarter sales figures.
The tablet market is growing at an ever accelerating pace.
What conclusion can we draw from this survey concerning *newcomers* to the tablet market and which tablet they might buy? As far as Apple are concerned a recent survey showed that their main demographic are twenty to thirty something males in households with a total income in excess of 100.000 dollars per annum. Do we seriously believe that the main demographic in the tablet market (as far as numbers of units shifted is concerned) is going to be dominated by that group in the years to come? No, Apple will continue to do very well I am sure in terms of numbers of units in the high-segment end of tablet space but market share of the total tablet market will be another issue entirely.
Unfortunately the kids not being in any way involved (I assume that - the cops would......
........be going berserk if they had been) will not stop the moralists from using the "what about the children?" argument. Funny is it not, how unscrupulous the "good" are when it suits their convenience?
@Goat Jam: I get the impression that MS do not give a f'****.....
..........as long as Win8 sells well. I get the distinct impression that a major reason for compiling for ARM was to force Intel to get their thumb out from whichever orifice they had placed it over the issue of xx86 kit for tabs that does not fall over after 4 hours or so. It is key for Redmond to sell to the enterprise sector and that means Wintel architecture precisely because of the legacy apps issue you mention. As long as it sells well on xx86 they can afford a relaxed attitude to how well it sells on ARM SoCs (as long as sales are not *totally* pony on ARM). What will really screw Redmond is if it does badly on xx86 in the business sector - in that event they would be in deep trouble.
Pardon my cynicism but........
...................whilst I am certain that Chinese intelligence (like the equivalent organisations in just about every country on earth) is certainly "out there" I cannot help but feel that the fact that both Huawei and ZTE are major industrial competitors for certain major American companies might also have a little bit to do with this (a little bit of lobbying by "BigCorp" been going on perhaps)? Of course all countries want to protect themselves against espionage both conventional and industrial (just as they *all* carry it out themselves), its just the self-righteous way these things are dressed up that I find a bit much to stomach.
@Norfolk'n'Goode: They should simply be forced to drop the word unlimited......
..........unless that is *precisely* what the plan means. If they wish to limit uber-downloaders then they should have a clearly expressed series of "rungs" on the download ladder with advance warning when a customer is near the relevant limit. In the current situation their abuse of the English language is taking the piss.
@Joseph Lord. A significant part of the problem is that Cupertino do not.....
..........believe in reciprocity, they do not license - famous for it in fact. One of the reasons why their dispute with Nokia (when they had simply taken Nokia's FRAND patents without having negotiated an agreement) dragged out as long as it did was that the deal Nokia wanted included reciprocal licensing. This Apple would not agree to - they want to be able to demand FRAND terms whilst at the same time reserve the opportunity to start a patent war with the company they have just licensed from when they feel like it at some point in the future. They are well known for having a very aggressive approach in such situations. Their interpretation of FRAND appears to be "What's yours is mine and what's mine remains mine".
RE: "Apple have patented your ass?" Sure they have - "A rounded discharge....
.........device in two halves for the purpose of delivering large amounts of s**t automatically when appearing in court".
Well, at any rate, we have seen them apply for a *large* number of even stranger patents. -:)
No, percentages are, on balance fairer.
If it is "some crappy Nokia", then the percentage represents a much smaller sum, with the company concerned (in this case, in your somewhat hostile example) earning much less on using the patent. No, Apple are taking the piss if they think that they are entitled to better conditions under FRAND than other companies get. Indeed their attempt to do so flies in the face of what the principles underlying FRAND are based on.
@AC RE: "......FRAND licensing has to be on the same terms for everyone."
An interesting and very cogent point - which makes it all the more amusing that Apple's lawyers apparently are alleging:
"Apple's lawyers have accused Samsung of waging all-out patent war"
I recall that Sir Henry Wotton (March 30, 1568 – December 1639) is supposed to have said that "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad* for the good of his country." Given that it is a matter of record that Cupertino started this legal war against Sammy, what does one say then about lawyers who are willing to lie on behalf of their client as long as they are paid enough.
*Amusingly enough that expression in the English of the period could also be taken to mean "sleep away from home".
RE: "Effective line management is far cheaper"
Hmm, yes we do appear to have a difficult choice here.
1. An Orwellian high-tech approach that stands every chance of creating far more problems than it solves.
2. Succeeding in getting line managers to do their jobs in a consistent and constructive fashion.
Hmm.....that's a toughie, approach #1 is nightmare city, whilst at the same time #2 does seem raaather ambitious.
I am getting a bit worried about El Reg's interest in tadger mutilation.
First we get a report about some woman apparently auditioning for the porno version of "Jaws" (just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bedroom), then we get this idiot engaging in what I can only politely call "self harm" and now you are starting to produce lego models of these incidents? What is going on at Vulture central? I think we should be told.
When I was a kid in the early sixties one of the most popular series on TV.......
..............concerned a certain famous outlaw with a penchant for tights and hanging out in forests starring a chap called Richard Greene. A playmate of mine (we were both about five years old) came from a family whose surname was "Hood". My playmate's older brother's life was a misery at school. Why, I hear you ask? Because you can guess what his parents had named him and he couldn't go anywhere in the playground at school without massed choruses "Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood and his band of men....." ringing in that poor beggar's ears. Some people should definitely be banned from swimming in the gene-pool!
For the average punter.
It is all a question of perception, is it not? The average non-techie simply does not think about his shiny in terms of your gigantic carping-list. The issue is will he/she regard the overall experience (content access included) as enjoyable and acceptable *at that pricepoint*. It is how the punter regards the total package that will determine to what extent the Fire will take sales that the iPad otherwise would have had - not any of us waving spec/performance lists in his/her face. For the money this appears to be a steal - but that's just my opinion. Let's see what the first quarter's sales are, shall we?
The title is "Trolljegeren".
"The Trollhunter". singular form with the definite article baked in to the end of the word. I.e Trollhunter is "Trolljeger" contra The Trollhunter, "Trolljegeren". The Trollhunter*s* would in fact be "Trolljegerne" being the way you spell a word which ends in "r" anyway when you wish to express plural form with a definite article, otherwise the ending would be "ene".
There, I am sure absolutely everybody was dying to know that.
The comparison with BMW was perhaps a touch unfortunate -:)
However, just to take the issue of the tablet (or maybe tablets) itself. It would of course be logical for Nokia to launch a tablet that has both wifi and 3G and that begs the question of which form factor they are like to use. I would not be amazed if they offered something in the 7 - 8 inch category as well as a 10 incher. The next question is which architecture they are likely to use. One could argue that ARM is an obvious choice if they aimed primarily at the consumer market but given that one of their major marketing strengths is in the business sector that suggests x86. Anyone got any ideas which way they might jump?
@ShelLuser The key here I believe is the desire for short-term action, as in "piece of".
As fast a piece of the action as possible. Whenever one reads accounts of a shareholders meeting from a classic "long-haul" company (whoever they are Microsoft or another example of BigCorp) you always get a certain type of investor proposing variations on these types of themes. Not because the particular suggestion necessarily has any merit but because (as you point out) as long as they get something going they can earn on it whether it is a success from the company's point of view or not. These types definitely do not belong to the Warren Buffet school of long-term investors. Previous generations did not include a General Electric or an ICI in the speculative part of their investment portfolios, they included them for ballast and long term security.
RE: "Hopefully it'll be Chuck Norris as the Doctor."
Well I do remember one episode many moons ago when the then Doctor (John Pertwee) said he practised Venusian Karate, so that might be appropriate.
RE: "You had me until the mentioned the fixed battery."
Agreed. In all other respects a *very* fine phone, but a fixed battery is a deal breaker for me. I had the same experience going through the specs to Sammy's new 7.7 incher tab - ticked every flaming box *except* HDMI. I despair sometimes, I really do.
Well, I'm hoping they come with a free bumper.
To ensure that any dropped babies are protected from the consequences of parents holding them the wrong way.
I am a member of the EULAs, who are they I hear you ask?
The Extremely and Unbelievably Late Adopters, and it looks like that is not going to change any time soon. The following list is the reason why:
1. USB (and chargeable through it, stuff proprietary chargers)
2. HDMI out.
3. micro-SD slot (no memory expansion, no sale).
4. 3G option available as well as a Wifi only model.
5. Customer changeable battery.
With the honourable exception of Asus' offering they all fall down on two or more of the above (as far as I can see). I have just taken a look at Samsung's new 7.7 inch offering (it is the 7 - 8 inch form factor I am most interested in) - no fucking HDMI. I have never yet owned a tab and it looks like I am never going to own one until the OEMs stop farting around. At least ensure that there is a dock available with the necessary connectivity even if you cannot squeeze it all into the table itself (that is what Asus have done - USBs on the dock). What the hell the Android OEMs are doing I do not know, I want them to sell me a tablet - with everything on that list. Until they make that tablet in that form factor my wallet (and I would be willing to part with some serious wonga) will continue to gather dust.
I agree with your point about *current* market share.
It probably is no more than about a quarter at the moment. However I would point out that going from 2 - 3% of the market at around about this point in 2010 to somewhere about 25% now in 2011 is a fairly remarkable jump. How it is going to pan out in the next year or so and what effect Win8 may or may not have in tablet space is of course another matter - my crystal ball needs a firmware upgrade.
RE: "Please get the facts straight before bashing patents AGAIN - bored now!"
You don't come here often, do you old chap?
I think that they *have* "missed" something.
Nowhere in my post did I say that it was necessarily a design flaw. I would have thought however, that a company as famously "particular" as Apple would have ensured that there was some form of random "batch-checking" of manufactured phones (independent of their "fabber") that gave them a reasonably reliable picture (statistically speaking) of what they could expect, such that they were working on a fix from the get-go? It does indeed surprise me that this appears to have caught Apple on the hop. They have after all built their reputation on the quality of their hardware, have they not? That some duff parts may have got into the supply-chain may very well be the explanation (or at least part of the explanation) for this. That however does not explain why this appears to have come as a big surprise to Apple.
It is to be hoped that in the event that it *is* duff components in *some* 4S phones.......
...........that the unlucky customers (however many/few there are) do not have to wait as long as American purchasers of defective first gen iPod nanos have had to - they are only now going to be compensated after a wait of five to six years (ironically enough the issue was faulty batteries -:P).
Apple are of course far from being the only manufacturer to have skeletons in their after-sales closet but given that their marketing lays such huge emphasis on the build-quality of their kit (and they charge accordingly) they must expect to "get some pepper" when issues like this arise.
RE: "...........one or two of the highly dedicated Android lovers.......
...............from around here posting at least half of them."
Posting accusations of FUD-posting in the form of AC-protected FUD? I do hope that was deliberate irony and not a complete failure to see the contradictions in what you wrote and the way you wrote it.
I have to say I am rather surprised.
The Apple forums indicate very strongly that whilst the problem is not hugely widespread amongst 4S owners it is not *quite* the vanishingly small percentage that one or two here are suggesting. Given that the iPhone has been the market leader on battery-life for quite some time (typically 10 - 15% more than comparable rivals, depending on whose tests you believe), I am very surprise that Cupertino missed this one - especially since precisely that aspect of the phone has been one of their major marketing points. Never mind, the next time an iPhone owner passes remarks about the battery-life of our Android phones..... :-P
"This relationship is over, I think both of you accept that"
When it comes to describing how impressed I am with mighty intellectual capacities of the legal profession, words fail me.
Now *that* is genuinely exciting.
Stable containment has always been the bugbear given the chaotic behaviour of magnetic fields under those conditions. If they really have begun to get a handle on this then we may finally actually see usable fusion power in our lifetimes.
Is it possible that his reality disconnect..................
..................is so profound (bordering on the pathological) that he has actually convinced himself of this?
Then perhaps Cupertino could lead the way...........
"If so then it's exactly what many people have feared: that the devices we have today are being deliberately crippled to avoid patent disputes."
.................and they could begin by ceasing to be part of the problem even if they do not yet feel ready to be part of the solution (wishing naturally enough to keep their guard up if other major players do not reciprocate). That would be a start, a start that in fact could have a lot of influence for the better - if they chose to. If major players like Apple moved from judicial offence to limited judicial defence where *genuinely* necessary that would at any rate be a beginning.
Indeed that particular piece of Australian slang was explained to me.........
..........many years ago when an old chum who had emigrated to Oz told me through gales of laughter that when their new neighbours invited them to an evening barbie and asked them what they had been doing in their new house that day he had explained that he and the wife had spent the whole afternoon rooting in the cellar. The stunned (and possibly impressed) silence alerted them both to the fact that that word had a whole new meaning in Australian English!
RE: "Not entirely true"
I think that you have a point here, in fact I would go further. What if it is the case that a very large proportion of iPad purchasers buy it because they perceive it as a fine and stylish media consumption device first and foremost and not because all of them are dyed-in-the-wool iPhanboys? However much fun the rest of us may have from time to time portraying them as such! Therein lies the potential rub from Cupertino's viewpoint. If it is the case (and I am sure it is) that a significant percentage of their pad customers are not committed Apple fans per se, they just regard the iPad (in their opinion) as the best media consumption device on the market then we may have a new situation. If these customers are in many cases making a *pragmatic* choice when buying or planning to buy their next or first pad then the "Fire" suddenly becomes rather more of a threat to the iPad then one otherwise would have expected. If the punters perceive the "Fire" as of very decent quality at a very attractive price that provides (in their opinion) a user experience not *too* far short of the iPad in the context of a media consumption device then some of them may very well choose the Fire rather than the iPad. In the end it is all about customer perception - and that is something that is not easy to predict.
RE: "You're assuming that the threesome was the husband's idea"
Indeed I was and concluded that his reaction was (to paraphrase St Theresa) an example of "more tears shed over prayers that are answered than those which go unheard" because he discovered he could not cope with his fantasy when he experienced it in reality. However, you do indeed have a point in the sense that if it *was* his other half that, so to speak, put him on the spot and he just could not handle it then I have rather more sympathy for him. Under those circumstances it may well have been the case that the emotional fall-out of a situation that he did not ask for provoked the violence. Whatever the truth is here I am relieved that nobody was too badly injured - such situations have led to far worse outcomes.
Am I being impossibly oldfashioned here by suggesting.................
...........that he might have concentrated on keeping his wife happy in bed without "assistance"? As in showing the lady a decent amount of enthusiasm and consideration - consistently? I have to say that if you have to "call in reinforcements" you have rather lost the plot with your other half.
"Barclays Capital has told IT contractors and temp staff.........
.............that they have to accept a 10 per cent cut in their rates."
Amazing how these (w)bankers appear to be of the opinion that everyone else should accept cuts in their remuneration except them. Also fascinating that they do not seem to make the connection between this kind of "cost control" and their websites going down the kahzi regularly. This degree of short-term stupidity, greed and arrogance is on a scale damn near unique even compared with the rest of the business world's leading managerati. When the revolution comes and they're put up against the wall can I, please, please be allowed to lead the firing squad?
That is impressive
Improving the performance contra power consumption equation by a spread of most of an order of magnitude is very impressive. Intel reckons its low power challenge will be available in 2013 according to the roadmap they announced recently - they are going to have to go some to match the accelerating development of the ARM SoCs.
"...........they are all dedicated to Apple’s continued success............."
In common with many other examples of BigCorp's managerati throughout big business they are so dedicated to the company that they have to have large amounts of wonga thrown at them in addition to their already sky-high salaries.
Not sure that that is quite the case.
"Redmond has had an ongoing feud with the developers at ChevronWP7 ever since the group put out a jailbreak for Phone 7 a year ago, allowing users to run applications …"
AFAIK Redmond's relationship to ChevronWP7 has been reasonably constructive for quite some time. They released a hack (8 - 10 months ago perhaps?) that meant WP7-phone owners could download and install a pre-release version of MS' "NoDo" update and Redmond warned (I believe it was language files issues although I am not sure) that it might result in the phone being bricked when the "real" update arrive OTA. Chevron's people had some meetings with MS engineers, went away and built a fix for those who had installed unofficially and provided it OTA with Redmond's blessing. I am not saying that they invite each other to family reunions but the expression "ongoing feud" seems a little too creative.
Currently no 3G and no storage expansion?
They may, or may not, turn up in future? Why would I buy now then Moto? As far as I am concerned there is a basic check list for what should be on tablets in the medium to high end segment.
1. USB (and chargeable through it, stuff proprietary chargers)
2. HDMI out.
3. micro-SD slot (no memory expansion, no sale).
4. 3G option available as well as a Wifi only model.
5. Customer changeable battery.
As far as I am concerned lack of these facilities is a deal breaker. So far Sony, Samsung, Moto, HTC etc have all managed to spoil what would otherwise in many cases be very good kit by not including some of the above. Sony's new table recently reviewed here? No HDMI and no USB charging on what would have a damn good tab. Sammy's new 7-incher lacks.............no I got to stop. The OEMs just wind me right up with their unerring capacity to *almost* get it right.
"The jury is still out on...............
.....................the effects of stress on the taste of meat, but some maintain that the strain on cattle of being packed into a container, shipped to an abattoir (with a trip to a massive feedlot first for final fattening) and then being killed in an industrial manner makes beef less tasty, and also more difficult to preserve."
I imagine it ruins the cow's whole day as well.
On a more serious note both humane principles and actually economic common sense (if one thinks outside the box a bit) would suggest that the slaughterer coming to you, doing the job on the spot and shipping carcasses rather than live animals (much easier and the number of vehicles needed, numbers carried per container volume, far fewer - cheaper, less traffic) would be a win-win on both accounts.
RE: "Carriers are bullies"
I do not disagree. However that problem is primarily driven by the lack of *genuine* competition amongst the carriers in the US market which, because of that markets importance to the producers, means that the carrier's behaviour in the US has a very big effect on the world-wide phone market. That problem has to be tackled by the US competition authorities (well we can always hope), it will not be in any way ameliorated by insufficient competition in the world-wide phone *producer* market.
@Jack Prichard RE: "I disagree". I agree (with you)
The problem with the reverberating beat that one often gets on a thread covering this kind of topic of "do you wanna be in my gang, my gang, my gang, do wanna be in my gang..." is that the issue of what serves us *all* as customers regardless of which os we prefer tends to get drowned out by the tribal choruses from various points of the compass. If we actually consider *analytically* what serves our interests as consumers we realise immediately that our *objective* economic interests are *not* coincident with the interests of the manufacturer of our favourite kit. It is first and foremost in *their* interest to b** f**k the competition by any means they can get away with and, if they succeed, proceed to b** f**k us some customers. This point is so obvious that it is a wonder that it needs repeating regularly. We need as many players as this (very rapidly) growing market can support. For that reason I hope (says through gritted teeth) that Apple continue to do at least reasonably well, that Android does the same, that RIM succeed in getting their act together again and, yes, that Nokia have decent success with their "Nokiasoft" phones. That would be in the interests of *all* of us.
BTW I run a Desire Z :)
Agree with your final point with one modification.
Given that it is too easy to cook the books with regard to *profit* (net or gross) the fine should be based on gross *turnover* in the panel division concerned - very difficult to evade/falsify. How about an entire year's turnover for the first offence?
Re: "....the dumbest fucking list........."
"No, those aren't the opinions of mere fervid fanbois; they're the considered conclusions of 1,000 gaming-industry executives".
Not surprising its dumb it is after all the opinion of a thousand or so managerial/executive types - and the smartphone/pad that type usually owns is a......?
There does appear to be much to like about this tab but............
"For me, you can't beat the no-nonsense connectivity of an HDMI port or full-size USB 2.0 socket, and so I'm left feeling Sony deserves a bit of kick for not fitting them when the bulbous rear of the Tablet S clearly has the space. ®"
...............there is no flaming excuse for this. No HDMI, you have to use a proprietary charger and no proper USB when they could have fitted one. I do not understand what the mindset is here. With those things in place this would likely have been one of the very best tablets on the market bar none (the iPad included) - what is it with some of the OEMs?
Indeed I am relieved in fact to see that someone else was struck by the same thought.
Whatever my opinions might be of Apple's products and/or their marketing strategy I have never experienced the impulse to wish Mr Jobs any personal harm. In the same light I regard his passing as an intensely private moment that I do not feel that I have the right to share. What was it that that Dylan Thomas wrote?
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
That moment should have remained something that he only shared with those closest to him - shame on those who have chosen to "Face-Book" it.
I am just wondering when this preposterous and destructive game.......
...........of musical patents is going to stop. Unless any one of these corporates actually believes that they are going to emerge as the "winner" by going the courtroom route then the industry better sit down and work out a framework for a deal. It really ought to have begun to dawn on them that any "victory" in the courtroom will likely be the very definition of a "pyrrhic victory". "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined."