2106 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009
@Chris Wareham Re "Re: lulz"
The posting is clearly retailing the same tendentious garbage that a certain section of the European and US right wing have been peddling for the last twenty years or so. Hitler called his party "National Socialist" and combining that with some circular logic based on the existence of dictatorships which arose from left-wing political systems and the resemblances that *all* dictatorships have to each other these political geniuses argue that the Third Reich was a left-wing regime! Their basic argument is that *any* dictatorship of any real size is by definition left-wing. They are attempting to argue that their political model has nothing to apologise for in the historical context since it was (according to them) lefties that produced *both* Stalin *and* Hitler (they tend to go a bit quieter if you mention Mussolini and Franco).
.......I do appear to have touched a raw nerve or two, hmm?
Cites concerns? I should bloody cocoa!
"It cited questions about the legal standing of the crypto-currency with relation to “securities law, the Stamp Payments Act, tax evasion, consumer protection and money laundering”."
I have noted that *some* people here seem to get a little upset when one points out that an "untraceable currency" is, (how shall we put?) open to abuse. Indeed it is fairly obvious that that is its major attraction for some people given that it is in most other respects a *highly* risky investment proposition for any honest citizen.
What have the games industry spent years doing? They have spent years trying to get you "inside" the game. That takes serious graphics, a screen of a certain minimum size and a decent sound system (for some games). Assassin's Creed, Empire Total War etc - that type of experience on an iPad? The premise of this article is preposterous.
Re. "ordered mine Sat 18th. "
Might actually be genuine ordering misjudgement on the part of Amazon
The bundle is still available via Amazon from one of their partners for immediate delivery ("only three in stock - order soon"). It does appear as if the Transformer *bundle* has absolutely sold gangbusters. Although the launch announcements attracted a lot of attention and there were many good reviews, I don't think one can necessarily predict that a product will take off the way this one has. It is possible that even Amazon can get caught with its pants down when deciding how many to order from a producer! That it appears to have pissed off Cupertino in the US is perhaps another indicator of how well the product is doing - if the fruit company are nervous, it must be scoring *well* above average!
It would be a nice idea but........
.......there would unfortunately be a *very* high risk that such a reader-voting system to grade products would be thoroughly abused by fanbois/shills of all persuasions in an attempt to boost their "gang" or flame the company they hate the most. I regret that such a system would likely end up completely suborned by the aforementioned.
@Tom 7 Re "I look forward to"
To be honest if this basic idea looks to be a winner in the market place I am sure that "generic docks" will be produced. In fact I would be surprised if Asus themselves did not start to produce a range of such stations both with and without keyboards. It is such an obvious peripheral for a tab-pc that it is likely that there will be quite a market in them.
Now *that* is priceless!
".......Of course, capturing pictures and video on a 10.1in tablet makes as much sense as trimming your toenails with garden shears, ..........."
I also agree with the sound common sense informing your remark!
Whilst I feel that it is difficult to say whether this type of "bespoke" docking station solution with *built in* keyboard will be a really big seller I certainly feel that the docking/charging station (with extra ports) solution with your tab giving you the opportunity to connect keyboard and mouse if you want to will be a form-factor that a lot of people will appreciate. Kudos to Asus here, I am impressed. I am not ready to take the plunge yet - the next generations hardware (in the next eighteen months or so) will be even more convincing, and *then* yours truly will blow the dust of his wallet.
Nice if true.
If the virtualization works smoothly without the "treacle effect" then MS will have solved one of their biggest challenges with any major changes/improvements in the fundamental architecture of Windows in Win8. IE. How to keep legacy customers on-board. Two question remain, can they implement it really well and will they ensure that it works in *all* versions of Win8 - not just some high-priced "business/ultimate edition".
Loosing your mob is already a major league pain in the arse and.......
...........and now they want to ensure that if the worst happens you are left *completely* bare-arse, loosing your wallet at the same time. As to the security implications, they do not even bare thinking about.
Am I to assume that you are of the opinion that the US tax system is.......
.......the be all and end all of everything? I suggest you consider the fact that the world does not end outside the borders of the United States. I further suggest that you take notice of the fact that this is primarily (all though not exclusively) a *British* website and you might be expected to understand that postings will in general be rooted in (all though not exclusively) British circumstances.
Re "You demonstrate complete ignorance"
No, I do not. Whilst it is certainly true that you do not owe tax on *unrealised* profits you still have to declare your assets when filling in your tax form. *You* do not decide whether or not to declare assets on the basis of whether *you* think there is tax due on them. You *have* to declare the whole shite and then the *tax authorities* decide their attitude which you can appeal if you do not agree with them. What you *cannot* do is decide what you *feel* like declaring. If you have failed to declare your Bitcoins, whether *you* think there is tax due on them or not, you have broken the law - end of. Bottom line - ALL assets must be declared, whether *you* think there is tax due on them or not.
Just like a regular day in the forex market then!
On a purely practical note.....
........these people have little or no option other than to swallow any losses that occur. In order to have ordinary recourse to the assistance that the law can provide they will have to show that they lost something of value as the result of an illegal act. Now hacking their system is probably illegal but the moment they say that they have lost something of financial value which they almost certainly have not declared on their tax returns they are up the proverbial creek without benefit of toilet paper as far as the IRS is concerned. In other words they cannot ask for the help that any other citizen could ask for. Richly ironic in the circumstances. Now where is that popcorn.
Not just the tax evaders but the speculators are now in the game.
Comfy chair, check. Popcorn, check. Six-pack chilling in the fridge, check. I am so going to enjoy this.
@Ammaross Danan. Re "You laugh, but.....". Well yes, given the choice.......
..........I would far rather it was driven by the porno-deck than the gun-deck!
Unfortunately one of this technology's primary uses will be........
...........holo-porn. Being able to watch group sex from all angles apparently being performed in the middle of your living room carpet will undoubtedly go gangbusters (or do I mean gangbangers?) in the marketplace.
".........these spam books (spooks? Sbooks? Sblooks?)..........."
How about "spamooks", as in "its all a load of........."?
I'll get my coat.
Somebody is ripping of the tax evaders' wet dream?
The tears are streaming down my cheeks as I type this, I cannot tell you how upset I am.
Sorry, could not resist that one. She is indeed a cutie.
As to "I'd like to make it clear that my daughter has not seen the Twilight movie series." - for your daughter's sake please try and keep it that way, a bigger load of brain-rot would be hard to find.
@Insane Reindeer Re. "Am I being too picky?"
The short answer is "no you are not". If camera quality is a key criteria for you and you can poke up with Sybian then the N8 is IMHO the best cameraphone on the market today as far as still photography is concerned. Precisely in fact the reason why I bought the N8 for Madame AF's birthday. The picture quality produced by that phone is amazing - I scored major league in the marriage brownie points stakes I can tell you!
Re: "Speak for yourself!"
I agree, the 7 inch form-factor is a very handy one. After all it has roughly the same external physical dimensions as a Kindle - great for reading and big enough for seeing some video etc.. I can very well see that the 10 inch tab has its place but that place is not on a crowded bus!
@DrXym Re "Wut"
I am quoting your post in full - it deserves it big time!
""No regulation is better than bad regulation. The fiat monetary system is possibly the greatest failing of the human race, and the bungled attempts at regulation would be laughable if they weren't so harrowing."
No it isn't. Regulation stops you from being fleeced, it gives you protections from dodgy banks and lenders who would exploit you, it is borne from painful financial collapses in the past.
And you still haven't addressed why bitcoin (which is also fiat btw) a safe investment as opposed to buying land or something else which is tangible.
"There is nothing inherently unsafe about Bitcoin, like any type of cash, its important to store it securely."
Yes there is. Maybe you haven't been paying attention but some guy just got hosed by a theft. If the thieves decided to cash-in that money then everyone else's investment will slump because sellers will outstrip buyers and the price will collapse. If there are no buyers and only sellers then bitcoins are virtually worthless. And that will be just a taster of what happens when the entire sysem collapses and EVERYONE wants out.
"As for collapse, my analysis is that in the long run, Bitcoin is probably less likely to collapse than any other currency. For now though I have not spent what I cannot afford to lose."
Well your analysis appears to be clouded by some peculiar libertarian notions. Even buying gold / silver in the current speculative bubble is probably a sounder bet. Or perhaps you should even invest in some tulip bulbs. I hear they are a surefire investment too."
I could not have expressed it better!
Re "I can see the problem"
I am not sure that I agree with your suggestion that there is some kind of contradiction between his involvement in BitCoin and his falling for some kind of social engineering scam that led to his computer being infected. Very many soc-eng scams try to persuade that you are going to get "rich, rich, rich!" and schemes like BitCoin try to persuade you that you are going to get......."rich etc". In other words, falling for a social engineering scam directed against your pc and falling for a (ponzi, or do I mean poncy? )scheme like BitCoin has certain similarities. IE. "A fool and his pc and/or money are soon parted".
Why is my sympathy limited?
Possibly because this kind of system is beloved of those who consider all taxation as iniquitous, something that infringes on their "liberty". These freedom-lovers frequently do not understand the difference between "liberty" and "taking liberties". I have zero sympathy for tax-evaders.
Not at all surprised that you posted......
.....that steaming pile of crap as an AC - get out of here.
"Nokia sued Apple because Apple refused to pay what Nokia asked. No-one here knows the exact figures Nokia demanded, no-one can tell just how much they differed from the norm. They went to court to let the courts decide who was right. Commenters here pretending to know more than they do should keep quiet."
Right on Bro (as they used to say) - certain members of the cognoscenti here should confine their fairytales to bedtime reading for their kids.
@daemonoid Re Re "Practical problems"
The example I gave was really only intended as *one* illustration of a situation where only one computer each, in the pocket so to speak, would lead to what we can politely call "user conflict" back at the old homestead. I take your point that that the IT setup at home for "ordinary" people is something they look at rather differently from "us". However, the basic principle that many will have another machine at home (regardless of which form-factor we might see in our crystal balls) other than just each person's smart-mob is IMO likely to be more widespread than merely being confined to those of us of the geekish persuasion.
I forsee a certain practical problem here.
This is a very capable and impressive device, kudos to Moto for that. I take issue with the "replace your computer" line which appears to be very popular in the media at the present time. I have seen at least three articles along the lines of "will the smartphone kill the pc?" in major publications in the last week. Unless you are single there are certain practical problems - I shall mention one. I come home and plug my shiney into our home-theatre system to use it in "front room pc" mode. After a while my good lady settles down to surf a little from the comfort of her armchair. I then decide I want to spend an hour on the phone to my mates. She can then use hers I hear you cry, but hers is currently downloading this or that and cannot.......and so it goes. There will need to be at least one other form of computer in the house other than my and Madame AF's mobiles. Otherwise it becomes a question of how big a row with 'er indoors I want on a regular basis. I should also mention screen size - when I read an electronic book I want a six or seven inch form factor, not four poxy inches or so. Furthermore watching a film on a mob's screen is ridiculous. So please, when considering such questions, *do* take into account practical user issues - it isn't all about the spec sheet. The combination of ones mob and a, say, 7 inch tab/docking station connected to the telly at home is one that I can see being popular. However your phone as the *only* computer you have in the house? No, do not see it, for a whole shit load of practical reasons.
I know that it is not on main topic but I could not help getting that eyecrossing feeling when I read in the article that ratings agencies had downgraded Nokia's credit. The same agencies that gave that toxic shit from the US mortgage market AAA ratings? The same agencies that contributed big time to a global financial crisis a couple of years or so ago? The same agencies whose ratings amounted to downright fraud for which the taxpayer is paying through the nose for? Coming from that bunch of scum-buckets their "down-grade" almost makes me inclined to classify Nokia shares as buying opportunity!
Sorry, I usually have a lot of time for HTC's kit but.........
.............that is one seriously *ugly* mofo.
Nice legs, shame about the face (price)
Even though HTC are a favourite of mine (both my current and previous droid mobs) the price they are asking (plus the lack of HDMI) make this a real bummer. At *that* price I expect all the usual ports *and* a basic docking station thrown in (with extra usbs etc.). With Asus showing the way I do not understand what HTC are playing at here (or Moto for that matter). I suspect that Asus however, with their transformer and slider tablets at sensible price-points (in relation to the current state of the market) are going to clean up.
I am most relieved that the author alerted us to his piece being "opinionated" .......
.......otherwise we might have thought that the manner in which the assertion.............
"The design borrows heavily from the iPhone's system, iOS, also used for the iPad. Cue grumblings that Microsoft has ripped off Apple again. These are justifiable,"
............was presented indicated that it was a statement of fact rather than a highly subjective allegation/opinion. My personal *opinion* is that they appear to have lifted it directly from the WP7 UI (a design that is not to my personal taste whatever the merits/demerits of the OS itself).
@mafoo Re "Well"
"Do you honestly think apple's highly paid developers and marketing department are sitting at the end off the approvals process denying yet another pull my finder app? Unlikely."
It is possible that you have a point. However, it does leave an impression that suggests that the company's highly paid image management people are rather falling down on the job.
Re: "Fixing the proble they created?"
Unless you have *very* severe reading difficulties old chap I do not see how you could conclude that anybody on this thread including myself is expressing *gratitude*.
To be fair.....
........it has to be admitted that Win7 is significantly more robust than previous incarnations, Security Essentials is also a worthwhile contribution to the cause and it has become increasingly clear over the last to or three years that MS has been devoting a *lot* of employee resources and wonga on what we might call "judicial activism" against those tosspots. That this should have been the situation at least a decade ago I freely concede, however better late than never.
Actually many companies including Moto *do* try to "educate" their customers.
The "customers" do not want to hear it. They do not want to know anything about RTFM all they want to do is whine and piss and moan if it doesn't "just work" without them having to do any joined up thinking *at all*. Why is it that virtually all support lines have to ask whether the equipment concerned is plugged into the wall socket (if it runs from a direct mains supply)? That explains what one is dealing with. God knows I have made enough mistakes in my time but really!
@Watashi re. Spy versus spy.
Very interesting post. It is perhaps indicative of the situation that Apple now find themselves in that they have become unusually keen on reaching for their lawyers. Whether it is patenting *very* generalised concepts designed to do little more than plant a series of legal minefields all over the mobile communications market space or picking quarrels with the others amongst the big boys like, of course, Samsung. When a company's reaction to challenging circumstances is to try and control the market by brute muscle (Microsoft and Intel in the nineties) or by a whole series of what can only be described as vexatious misuses of the patent system (Apple amongst others today), that is a company that is losing its way/confidence when it comes to innovation and leading the market.
Apple's cash pile must be a great comfort to them.
After all their magical new strategy of "if it moves, patent it or sue it" must be costing them an absolute fortune, lawyers being what they are.
By their support services shall ye know them.
I have to admit that I feel that I have been lucky having, so far, owned two HTC phones without them giving me any issues such that I have not had the experience that several here refer to and I have seen commented upon on other threads. My experience FWIW is that poor support/repair services seem to be the rule rather than the exception within consumer electronics, the general attitude being "sell and forget".
I have to admit that I am in two minds on this one. I cannot decide whether......
.........the gangsta-wannabees who dress like that or a bus company who wants to enforce a dress code on its passengers are the bigger bunch of knobheads.
Oh and BTW, does the bus company have plans to throw ladies with low cut blouses of the bus? Mind you if I were the driver I'd be inviting them *on to* the bus but that's another story.
I'll get my coat, got to catch a bus.
Well we are at least on the way to........
.......some kit that would cause me to blow the dust off my wallet. This is definitely a step forward and the pricing actually is reasonably keen IMO for something of the given quality in a *very* young market. I'll be waiting, probably another year. 2.5 GHertz/quad core, 2 Gb RAM, 64 Gb on board storage, Bluetooth, at least two USB ports (properly supported), 7 inch form-factor (coat pocket), charging and ports dock (without a keyboard - I'll choose my own) and a "retina" display. *Then* I'll be willing to pony up, in fact I would be willing to part with some serious wonga.
I think that Google could make a contribution here by......
.........refusing or restricting apps (free or paid for) that demand permissions that are totally unnecessary for the function that they allegedly perform. For example, why do so many wallpaper apps or ringtones need/demand permissions that mean they in practice would own your phone's arse? Those types of apps do not need administrator and/or communications permissions. Devs submitting apps that make such demands where there is no obvious functional need for the app to have that degree of system access should, at the very least, be facing some very blunt questions from Mountain View.
Common sense? Analysis?
I agree with you, but if you are hoping that you will get support amongst a certain proportion of the "cognoscenti" here at El Reg then your hopes are in vain. The degree of malicious whistling in the dark we see whenever this subject is mentioned is fairly obvious. They are not predicting what they *believe* will happen, they are predicting what they *hope* will happen.
We can look forward to......
......................a lot of postings based on malicious wishful thinking. I, personally speaking, have no idea how Nokia's deal with "The Great Satan From Redmond" will play out in reality. We will have to see, won't we? However, I have a very clear idea about how many of you *want* it to play out.
@+++ath0 re: Amazon. You may very well have a point here.,
We will just have to see how it turns out. It depends to a significant extent on how Amazon develop their app-store and whether the ease of use equation contra Amazons rep and relationship with their customers plays out. It will be interesting at any rate!
@+++ath0 re: "Google is unhappy?" Google may indeed as you say be...........
..........happy because their business model is based on apps as "ad-bait". However, it will be interesting to see what happens now with Amazon in the game. Amazon will most certainly strongly wish to *sell* as many apps as possible - wonder how happy Google will be if the devs start to decamp to Amazon? I have a gut feeling that the situation may be about to change.
Agreed, that is why I.........
.........bought Mrs Arctic Fox Nokia's N8 for her birthday despite the os. She is delighted.
No all those evil bastards at M$ (The Great Satan) do is......
1. Cooperate actively with internet security professionals.
2. Issue regular advisories themselves.
3. Issue regular updates/patches where known issues exist.
4. Provide one of the best AV packages on the market free, gratis (Security Essentials)
5. Actively cooperate with Jurisdictional authorities to trace, obtain the evidence, arrest and convict the criminals who engage in this kind of shite.
Nah, they don't do nuffin', fuck all really.
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