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I should have phrased it a little differently as in.....
....I find it difficult to regard the NHS here in the UK, for example, as some kind of offence against human liberty.
I was not saying the "Obamacare" is like the NHS although I was implicitly referring to the reaction of a particular section of the right-wing in the US who have made it quite clear that they regard ANY form of universal health regardless of how it is funded as communism/nazism all rolled into one.
Ok then let us, by this gentleman's "logic", repeal all laws........
.........we do not feel like obeying. There may be good arguments against "Obamacare" (objectively speaking although I have difficulty regarding the NHS as some kind of offense against human liberty) but this grandstanding crap is not one of them.
I think that part of the issue here is that the pad market is still a young one and the total customer base contains a relatively high proportion of people with a bit more tech familiarity than is typical in other markets. To take an extreme example the average punter on the lookout for a pad probably is a bit more tech-aware than the average punter looking for a new telly. Thus the proportion of punters who are aware that there is some very good kit on the immediate horizon PLUS are aware that Android 3 is the os to have if you are in the market for a pad is probably quite high. The Sammy is quite an attractive piece but it will soon be superceded hardware wise, it does not have Android 3 (and if I know Samsung it either can't run or they wouldn't upgrade you anyway) and it is overpriced. There is likely to be a lot of good stuff this year and next but (IMO) the tab is not it - not at that money.
Are you sure?
Are you sure that it did not say:
"The crash appears to be total: the unit displays nothing but "load.of s**te.." on the screen."
I really think old chap that you should learn the difference between........
.....hating something and not being especially impressed with something. I do not hate the iPad, I am simply unimpressed. In order to hate something it has to be (in the negative sense) important to you. The iPad is not important. That it gives many people a lot of pleasure I think is fine, it is just irrelevant to me. You see?
If you have not already seen it I suggest......
..........you take a look at this article from Reg Hardware:
MS can actually prove their case on this occasion. Always a mistake to react when one has not heard both sides of the story.
As as the Mac Air in the computer category is concerned I.......
.......entirely concur, bit pricey but all the same a _very_ fine piece kit. However, I'm sorry you guys just slay me, iPhone under the WORK product category! Pardon? Its the way you tell 'em.
I will buy a 3D telly the day I hear......
......."Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi" and can see Princess Leia from all angles. Until then, don't call me before I call you.
Enig kompis (I agree mate)
If the iPhone does not cope with Scandinavian conditions Apple should stop selling here or accept that they are going to get more returns if they _do_ market here.
In general I agree but it would be nice if a certain fruit company......
.....made it clear in rather larger type that these restrictions exist. Then we who live in the upper half of the northern hemisphere would not bother to buy the iPhone. That of course is why a certain greengrocer does not exactly go out of its way to alert the aforementioned geographically challenged customers to this problem.
Which is why I said in my previous posting that Mr Jobs is quite right......
.........Apple's warranty is "magical" - now you see it, now you don't.
@Syren Baran: Textual analysis is clearly needed here.
When Mr Jobs used the description "magical" he was in fact talking about the warranty not the products.
Where then is the limit?
Are you saying that if it is commercial there are no moral limits?
@crowley: Thank you, I appreciate your point.
Apart from anything else a response based on constructive intelligence is always welcome!
Next somebody says that the "free"market is coequivalent with....
...........human liberty I will remind them of how BigCoporate behaves the moment that anything threatens their profits. My best wishes to the Egyptian people - God knows that between their own ruling class and Western corporations they have enough to cope with.
I've got an old Nokia from 2005.....
......can we count that as well? Just who is trying to boost who here and why? This "reclassification" has bugger all to do with how you define a pc. I smell somebody on earners.
What you are saying is that Canada has a very different gun culture from the US. Indeed there are many nations where the inhabitants own a lot of guns. Where I live (Norway) there is a very high level of gun ownership, shotguns and rifles (max three rounds without reloading, two in the mag, one up the spout) - ie hunting weapons. One of the biggest selling magazines here (the type you read!) is "Jakt og Fiske" ("Hunting and Fishing"). The very idea that it is some kind of human right to own frakking big guns auto or semiauto with humungous magazines and your choice of "special" ammo is regarded as ridiculous and is of course illegal. A totally different cultural attitude towards guns - here guns are a hunting tool first and foremost, not some kind of cultural/political image/fetish gig like you know where.
It isn't even April yet.
As somebody has just pointed out on this thread (http://screenrant.com/matrix-4-5-bill-and-ted-3-keanu-reeves-rob-97796/) the report appears to be aimed at ringing our collective bells, ie it is bo***cks. Or maybe not. It is quite possible that the collective howl of anguish that began to reverberate through cyberspace when this report first began to circulate reached whichever matrix Neo is holed up in and he changed his mind.
Will the phone make it through to lunchtime? No, I thought not. This how ever will put good single core phones of a quality currently only available in the topmost segment into the upper middle. Look forward to that.
They are of course pissing up as many lamp posts as they possibly can hoping to create as many legal and financial tripwires as possibe. They are not the first nor will they be the last until the US does something about its patent laws.
@Ian Yates. There is a problem with this.
I have very little sympathy for the woman concerned, however there is another issue here that many posters appear to be uninterested in. Any time there is an article here at El Reg about CCTV and the culture of surveillance in our society we get a shit-load of postings bemoaning (quite rightly IMO) this development. One of the points always made (entirely legitimately) is of course "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - "who watches the watchmen?", to make sure that they do not abuse their position. What is very clear from this thread is that many of these "lovers of liberty" suddenly to not give a shit when the victim is an "acceptable victim" from their point of view. Their commitment to libertarianism goes straight out the window the moment they do not like the "victim". The conduct of these goons at that mall in utterly abusing their position ought to give us all pause for thought.
Whilst I do not sympathise with the lady's little........
......."accident" I am not very impressed with the video being uploaded in the first place to the net by the goons that that mall employs. Would we be ignoring _their_ behaviour if it was film of a violent sexual assault? Next time employees of a firm where you are a customer upload security videos to the net for a laugh at your expense I hope _you_find it funny. The difference is that she is a plank - they are nasty arseholes who think the concept "breach of confidence" is for pussies.
I am drooling at the thought of the N9 when it comes out.
That's all, just felt the need to share that. You can carry on now.
Funny that, your descripton appears to covers....
......those Apple customers who dance and sing in queues on launchday as well. I wonder why that might be the case?
I would not say that it has been a lifechanging experience but........
.........I have installed it on two laptops, one conventional office pc and the HTPC I built for our living room. No issues at all even though one of the portables was already 2 1/2 years old (3 from launch) when W7 came out. Good, robust OS that has not given us here at Arctic Fox Hall any problems at all.
"Look up the T-34 and the Vympel AAM. World-leading Russian technology exposed only after the fact."
We can be grateful that the Abwehr did not at the outset understand what the T-34 could do. The German army found out of course at the Battle of the Kursk Salient when the Red Army ripped the guts out of the German army. My personal vote for "my best tank"!
@AtomDreams: Time compression in fact..
Technological/Industrial development in this or that country does not follow the same timeline in each successive country that goes through the phase concerned. Britain was the first country to go through what historians now call the Industrial Revolution. The "dates" commonly accepted are from approximately halfway through the eighteenth century to about halfway through the 19th - by which time Britain was no longer primarily an agricultural nation. One hundred years. Do you believe that all the countries in Europe that followed Britain into the Industrial Age needed to go through 100 years of industrial development to achieve parity? Of course not. The fact that the Chinese are 15 years behind NOW does not mean that the "techno-time-gap" will be the same in, say, five years time. Take a look at consumer electronics, they've gone from merely being the Western Worlds low rent assembly line to being a major player in that area - in what? Bout ten years or so?
@Pan Narrans: I agree, a little more humility.....
......would be a military advantage - it stops you underestimating the "enemy". I seem to recall that when a Soviet pilot defected with a Foxbat (Mig 25) via Japan in the middle 70s the Americans were highly entertained to discover that some onboard systems used thermionic valves. They stopped laughing when someone reminded them that such systems were less vulnerable than ones based on transistors if an HEMP device were deployed.
@Paul_Murpy: You've got a point.
Much more of the same old same old from the "masters of the universe" on Wall St and it will be a moot point whether or not the US government will be able to afford the Raptor's price tag. Its no good having the better technology if it costs so frakking much in relation to your GDP that you cannot pay for it. The Chinese seem to be pursuing a doctrine of "affordable strategic sufficiency", roughly translated as "we won't start it but it will cost you if you choose to get in our face". Might be something for certain Western powers to consider. If you can't afford to build it, you can't afford to fire it.
I hope that the gentleman....
.......had a Kevlar handkerchief available otherwise he would have been lethal at close quarters!
I had all the jokes lined up.
Then I realised that you just cannot beat that headline!
........maybe they just want to get as far up Steve Jobs' nose as they possible can!
@Chemist. re One word.
You apparently missed the fact that I also wrote "....if that is true.....", hmmm? Should I have used upper case for "IF"?
It is intended to make sure that ones..........
..........ehem (cough, shuffle) masculine self-image is not damaged by driving something so eco-friendly (read: pansy) as a electric car. It is a sort of psychological prosthetic.
..........BYD (Chinese company) claim that the latest version of their E6 has a range of 300 km. If that is true then Ford (and several other producers) are going to have to extract their opposable digit from where ever they have been keeping it. Do like the temperature controlled battery though, where I live it would be a major plus!
Nonspesified deity on a prosthetic!
From the article:
"The latest scam is noteworthy not because of its basic premise, which is unoriginal, but because it has spread widely in a short period of time since first appearing on Thursday."
The speed with which such "infections" spread is directly proportional to the number of d***heads who install the app. This in turn gives us a very clear statistical picture of the number d***heads who use what should now be renamed as (Silly)ArseBook.
Your marking should, partly at any rate, reflect what can be expected within the price segment concerned. I would argue that this piece of kit deserves better than 70% _within its price segment_. Otherwise a most informative and fair review.
RE. Holographic title.
When producers proper holography make will punters interested be. Then the market will the Force feel.
Quite agree. Unless of course Google has made a secret breakthrough with Honeycomb that they have not yet announced. Ie. That devices equipped with that os project a 3D picture in space in front of the equipment? No, like you, I am not holding my breath!
@ThomH re. Bigger than you think
Oh I would not say negligible either although it is in the context of that market small. No, with regard to significance I was thinking more along the lines of whether the concept was likely to be a game-changer in the "pc"-market. That in the context is unlikely - in contrast to, obviously, Apple's influence in the smart-mob/tab market.
In the context of the smart-phone/tab market Apple is a VERY big player. However, in the "pc" market? How is this move significant in the larger scheme of things?
@Code Monkey. re. Correlation
Well I was going to say that if they are willing to pay Apple's prices..........but you kind of beat to it.
re:I just can't get a firm grip on the cloud
Agreed, That's why the first thing I did when I installed Win7 was install an e-mail package locally. No way on earth am I going to leave my post "up there".
@akr re. "Oh please"
Let me see if I understand this, you bought not 1, not 2 but 3 Android phones that you say were total crap. I regret that I am almost forced to paraphrase an expression that our compadres across the pond are fond of. Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, THREE times makes you a....D'''head - if they actually were that bad....hmmm? I must obviously tell my good lady to throw her "rubbish" Desire in the bin now that I have read your words of wisdom.
Must get my screwdriver and antistatic band out - I can feel an upgrade coming on.
Some people never learn.
Milliband did not have any choice about giving that chump a "job" in the current shadow cabinet because the places in the shadow cabinet are elected by the PLP. Burnham is an unreconstructed Blairite (although he would almost certainly deny it) and was undoubtedly boosted by those members of the PLP who have not quite worked out that times have changed - or, in teeth of the clear evidence, that the whole scheme was a political road accident.
@mhoulden. I agree entirely.
Indeed I cannot understand why or how something that is a non-physical variant of various marketing techniques that have been used for years can possibly be patentable. I realise that US patent law is different from the EU in general and the UK in particular but I cannot believe that it possible that the US patent office would accept this as a patent application? I mean, seriously?
@Ian Emery. You are quite right of course.
However let us be fair and punish according to the gravity of the respective offenses. Two dozen at the mainmast for endangering other passengers lives. For the truly heinous offense however of using an Apple product I fear that there can be no mercy. The yardarm awaits.
It would have been even better had the aforementioned pensioner had.......
............mugged him for his iPhone - how cool would that have been at school? Talk about street cred - or errrr perhaps not!
@56young: I could not agree more mate!
I note that some clearly feel that the kid's "freedom" was being imposed on or that they disagree with the rules about electronic equipment on planes. Well my view on this is that at the age of fifteen you cannot be held _fully_ accountable under the law for your actions. Unless our young "freedom lover" is willing to accept adult responsibility under the law for his actions OR his parents are willing to accept that responsibility (including accepting jail time themselves if he commits an offense that would be mean jail if an adult committed it) then he is NOT entitled to do as he likes. He is not in a position to take the view that the rules about electronic equipment are bollocks AND accept the legal consequences thereafter - he is a child. In fact he appears to be spectacularly spoil t child (high end smart phone at fifteen my arse!).