2111 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009
What a bunch of charmers they are to be sure.
"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.
@I ain't Spartacus. There I have to agree with you.
"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.
It is obvious from this.........
"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.
@Don Jefe There is very little that I would disagree with here.
"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!
@admiraljkb "...: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D".....
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!
Re: A split personality release
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.
Re:" It is made to fight Android mid-tier in established markets. Like the UK."
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.
The fact of the matter is that Nokia have a huge portfolio of wholly...........
.........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.
Do try not to laugh or howl (as some here have a tendency to do)......
"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.
".that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of Satan."
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.
@Squander Two Indeed it is a tough call.
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.
Re: "just feeling very sad that....."
Agree entirely. Those kinds of Neanderthal comments vanish over the event horizon of embarrassment.
@Mike Taylor RE "Just awful comments"
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.
Nothing much has changed since Marie Lloyd sang the following a century or so ago.
"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."
That would appear to be common sense.
"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.
@Vimes The problem is that in practice mob producers have to, in effect, bribe.......
.........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.
@ARP2 As it so happens I can understand why you (and clearly many others).....
...........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?
@Steve Knox It is not often that I would admit......
" 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! :-)
@Mike G With the greatest of respect old chap nobody here is suggesting anything of the sort.
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.
Re:"..they won't be paying any tax".
That somehow does not come as an amazing shock to me!
That is splendid and I am, genuinely, delighted for American workers.
Now all we need to know is where this company will be paying their taxes - if any.
@AceRimmer You are clearly unfamiliar with..............
"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!
I do beg your pardon?
"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.
They are Marxists?
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.
@Dave 126 Thanks for posting that........
...........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.
Re: @Dave 126 You beat me to it.
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.
@Dave 126 You beat me to it.
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?
If this does happen I think that both the..........
..........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.
AC 11.43 GMT. They do not want to hear it old chap......
"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).
@Kristian Careful, any suggestion that Mountain View...........
.............screwed any chance of Nokia coming onboard will not be taken kindly by the usual suspects.
Re: "a Washington jury had agreed with Microsoft's claim"
I am not sure what your point is. Google and Moto are also American (or "Googerola" if you will) are they not?
Re: Engineers might be save, but will they stay?
"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.
I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.
"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.
@Snark "What competitor in their right mind is going to want to make WinPho's......
................. 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.
I would be more impressed..........
........if the company increased basic wages for those on the "shopfloor" and included those employees in the company's bonus scheme. That would a lot more impressive than "generosity" from their CEO, with its implication that they should be forelocktuggingly grateful for his charity.
Oh, for heaven's sake El Reg, you know perfectly well..............
"Microsoft would make a smooth transition into the heavens where it would rain Bezos's infrastructure-as-a-service Amazon Web Services cloud out of existence and, once again, Ballmer would be the king of software."
...........that there were many that expressed considerable sceptisism with regard to precisely those claims. That view can by no means be described as the consensus view at the time. Do try and avoid giving the impression that you guys are polishing your own halos when you post this kind of stuff.
@ Sorry that handle is already taken. Re: "They revised their projections down by.........
............... a minute fraction of the margin of error."
Indeed, nothing shows more clearly that there are few people more unscruplous and dishonest than those who feel an overwhelming need to attract public attention with regard to their opinions. In that sense the resemblance between analysts, single-issue obsessives and politicians is striking.
"this sales volume still represents year-on-year growth of nearly 58 per cent"
Only 58%? Tablet sales are clearly about to drop off a cliff. Analysts, don't you just love 'em? They make some (earlier) insanely optimistic prediction and when they later realise that these overblown expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled they start doing headless chicken impersonations howling "the sky's falling in". What a bunch of expletives deleted.
@Destroy All Monsters. I suggest old chap that you look up the concept.......-
........."rhetorical question" because that was what the lady was posing - hmm..?
@Salts "average end user was conned into an upgrade every 18 months because........
True. However, one little irony here is that it was Microsoft themselves that stopped that little "merry go round" with Win 7, hmm?
"Convicted Judge Briber" will do very nicely, thank you"
I love it!
I look forward to.......
........to the usual suspects explaining this "light touch" approach in the context of their autohowling whenever Redmond is mentioned. Can we look forward to screams of "Convicted Monopolist" perhaps?
@M Gale Re: Hang on, what?
I agree, at that price point I would describe it as upper mid-range at least. One can after all get a GS4 for about £450 and that is about the highest end conventional* Android phone currently available. A phone that costs a touch over three quarters of the latest Galaxy S is scarcely cheap. I would however slightly rephrase your comment by saying that as far as I am concerned, at that price "it better be good"!
*To distinguish the slot the GS4 occupies from the current crop of FEMPs. (Fucking Enormous Mobile Phones).
Thank you Richard for yet another contribution.
Informative and interesting as always.
@Destroy All Monsters. I am a little concerned old chap by your posting..
............. are you in any way related to "A Man From Mars" perhaps?
I saw a very entertaining poster in our IT dept this morning.
It purported to show a celebrity endorsement of Apple's maps app by Amelia Earhart.
I could usually understand the sense behind............
...........Mr Jobs' marketing strategies but this from the current management..............
"This appointment follows the departure of former retail boss John Browett, as well as Apple's decision to give a fitness expert called Jay Blahnik a job. The healthy living guru used to work for Nike and is thought to be on board to help Cupertino develop its near-mythical iWatch."
..........leaves me utterly mystified.
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