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I have (as some will have noticed) contributed.......
.......some postings, now and then, which Jobs' fanbois would regard as somewhat unfriendly. However on this issue I absolutely agree with you. Taking what is in practice a thin laptop out in pretty hot weather and expect it to cope is ridiculous. I am perfectly willing to blame SJ for original sin if I am feeling "sour" but there are limits and this court action appears to go way over the limits of practical common sense.
....the indignation I mean. I find it very hard to believe that this got more than a very few very sad sosial retards upset. I am old enough to remember the term being used in the playground at my junior school in the sixties for crying out loud. Yes, thats right, it was not exactly unheard of that eight year olds were perfectly familiar with that term 50 flaming years ago!
"We like the idea of an "unverified potential adder sighting". Presumably, when East Riding Council gets a "verified existent adder sighting", it breaks the wax seal on its ophidian emergency protocol and sends in the helicopter gunships."
Personally speaking I would feel much more secure if they simply took off and nuked it from orbit.
OK guys but can't we at least.....
.....give Nokia kudos for trying to talk to their customers? Even if we are not amazingly impressed with what those customers have said (and God knows I am underwhelmed).
Weeell, I dunno.
Fact is that 2010 has seen the launch of some of the best kit that HTC, SE or Samsung have so far produced; many of these phones being very stylish as well. Apple's iPhone 3 didn't face particularly strong competition whilst number 4 is actually having to fight its corner. Furthermore the numbers cited in the article predate the "Judasphone" contoversy. It will be interesting to see the next quarter's figures (for example we have recenlt seen the release of HTC's "Wildfire" and SE's Xperia lineup amongst others). It also must be mention that with Android 2.1 and the upcoming v 2.2 the iOS has a really solid and credible competitor. Finally, if Winphone7 turns out to be any good it should all get very interesting, particularly in the first half of 2011.
"Not looked at their list but in addition to mobiles I'm certain it contains military grade kit for encrypted walkie talkies, secure battlefield comms, satellites both milspec and civilian, marine comms tech, etc etc. I am highly confident Moto have some of the most rigourous RF testing skills on the planet."
........but you've got to understand that you are talking about STEVIE (I am of course prostrate on the floor as I write this).
ps PLEASE Reg can't we have a satire icon?
Part of it is that SOME of........
........Apple's customers actually believe that the company "loves them" (to quote SJ). They believe that they are part of a mutual relationship which in turn inspires them to blog in the company's defence in the way we see so often on so many threads. It is rather sad (I mean that quite literally, no sarcasm/satire). The plain reality is that no company "loves" its customers, they (all companies) love their customer's money and are utterly devoted to separating them from as much of it as possible. The only way to keep a company (ANY company) even halfway honest in the quality of what they deliver and the price at which they deliver it is to recognise that banal reality and kick them in the slats the moment they deviate from the straight and narrow.
A touch unwise.....
.....not to say, bloody stupid to start that kind of war. Does Jobs listen to his own marketing/PR people, or are they perfectly happy with this approach? He reacts to a couple of his rivals teasing him a bit by going to the mattresses against the whole of the rest of the industry. Is SJ beginning to loose the plot?
Little too subtle for......
...........stripy shirt and braces brigade. I agree with you that given Kindle is crossplaform Amazon know what they are doing. What we are witness to is grotesque expectations in advance of their currents results followed by an equally braindead reaction in response to those results. 15 % off the share price? That would only be rational if the results were genuinely bad, which they were not - far from in fact. This simply demonstrates what we have seen time and again, the stock markets are casinos - not any kind of rational mechanism for raising capital for investment.
Paris because she at least doesn't pretend that she gives a s*** about the long term.
In practice the casino that is the stock market creates a situation where the bookmakers (read Invesment Brokerages) need to "make a book" on short term share price movements (the next 3 - 6 months) and for that they need information about "form". A great deal of that "information" is based on the tealeaf readers guesses about the next 3 - 6 months with the results that we see. WB whom you mention evaluates the companies longterm strengths and potential and invests accordingly. He would no doubt ticket Amazon shares as a buy opportunity now at a 15% discount? I fear that the stockmarkets always were casinos whatever their apologists might claim. Indeed in the late eighteenth century when the modern SMs started to develop they were regarded with a great deal of suspision for exactly that reason.
A bad result?
"Net income for the quarter grew 45 percent to $207m, or 45 cents a share, well below the 54 cents analysts had projected. Amazon said operating profit in the current quarter would be between $210m and $310m, which was also much less than Wall Street had been expecting. Sales grew 41 percent to $6.57bln."
This is a "bad" result? Net income "only" increased by 45%? One sees this time and time again - "results disapoint (anal)yst's expectations". The results are by any rational standards excellent, the analysts however the bunch of overpaid tealeaf readers that they are had totally irrational expectations IMHO. The company's shares went down 15%? Because they disapointed a group of people whose capacity to predict future events is provebly worse that the average weatherforcaster? This is preposterous. A group of analysts make a guess about where a companies perfomance is going and they get it WRONG. What is the response? They are sacked for incompetance? No, the company whose performance they have utterly failed to predict correctly gets punished! Someone can explain this to me?
One could also add that......
.....given that Axxxx have publicly insisted that there are NO special problems with the iCantPhone that a fair number of those customers (however many or few they might be) who HAVE experienced problems cannot be bothered/do not see the point in ringing the "we cant/wont help you line" because they do not believe they will get any help. In addition it is not unlikely that some at any rate are checking out other potential sources of the problem in an attempt to determine whether the source is the service provider or the phone.
This one is going to run and run.
It appears more and more likely that you know who have been economical with the proverbial:
"The number of customers affected by iPhone 4's antenna issues is likely to be far higher than Apple reported, according to industry insiders." - A Rival Publication. (Sorry Reg!)
"Saying that everybody who had a problem would have phoned AppleCare is not a true representation of the issue" - Tim Deluca-Smith, vice president of marketing for WDS Global.
That plus the fact that A**** are still wilfully conflating signal attenuation (which indeed all phones suffer from in varying degress) and signal *shorting* as a consequence of their use and design of the external antenna will ensure that they will continue to dig that hole for some time to come.
Which function are we talking about, extended battery life or the ability to ring someone up - iPHONE remember? The extended battery life becomes somewhat mot if the kit needs to be remained the iCantPHone.
Hardware and yet again hardware.
My view is quite simple. I refuse to pay a minimum of 500 pounds for a piece of kit (regardless of which company we are talking about) where a fairly outrageous proportion of that price i brand/image markup. Had Jobs listened to his own chief engineer instead of overriding him on design/image grounds Apple would not be in this position. Get the engineering right first, design (important though it is) *second*. If that means that the product concerned will not look *quite* as pretty as you would like, hard luck. Or employ design people who *are* capable of producing something that looks good within the limits of the engineering. The moment the hardware design/construction becomes appearence led you are almost begging to end up in the position that Apple have ended up in, caused by an attitude at the top of the company towards the manufacture of their products that inevitably provokes such nick names as iPose. This time it did not "just work", they did not prioritise that part of the deal strongly enough. When I lay out half a k or more for something it better bloody just work or the company concerned gets back by return of post, end of story.
Regarding "Inherent Flaw"
"I'm not an apple lover, but I admire their marketing and the fact that they've done for smartphones what Windows did for PC's but sometimes you have to take it on the chin and admit you screwed up. This is a bad design, and the fact that a bumper cures the problem (thus internalising the antenna) says a lot."
Spot on post, could not agree more.
Apple can fix vista?
Only if you obey the Illustrious Jobs and hold in the right way - though I have to admit that I do not think that even that would fix Vista. Though a rubber covered PC would at least have amusement value.
Democracy contra business?
Interesting that when Obamas folks tried to freeze out Fox News thay got hosed by all the mainstream media (quite rightly even though FN is a pile of dog turds). Funny that it is regarded as acceptable that Apple (or any other company for that matter) get to pick and choose who is permitted to attend a press conference without there being a general negative response to that type of behaviour.
The fact that our beloved Moderatrix has a high threshold is something we should welcome IMHO. Much more fun all round, nudge nudge drool.!
Funny you should say that but.............
.............the same thought had recently struck me. Normally in this type of thread where Applebois versus the rest is the "game" the upvote/downvote ratio reflects substantial activity from both parties. Currently what we apparently are seeing is a degree of "shyness" from one of the aforementioned parties. Interesting.
Touch sensitive old chap?
Hating MS has never gone out of fasion. Just take a look at any article here at Reg that shows that company in a less than flattering light (and yes that happens pretty often) and you will see PLENTY of ranting against Redmond. There was an article recently here entitled "What would it take to make you a Microsoft fan?" or some such. You should have seen the thread associated with that piece! The howling was deafening. No, it is not true that MS get an easy ride whilst poor put upon Apple get the shaft.
Not exactly but almost......
......the correct spelling would in fact be "Knut", however both versions are amusing as anagrams!
A good point
Allegedly a Roman general who had been granted a "triumph" or parade through Rome was followed by a slave whose job it was to whisper in the general's ear at regular intervals ""Respice post te! Hominem te memento!": "Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man!" Apple could perhaps (once they have succeeding in employing enough antenna engineers) consider hiring a new PA for Jobs whose duties would consist soley of whispering regularly in the aforementioned's ear "remember, even you can be a plonker!"
If one were to use the latinate plural form it would indeed be "fora" and is the "correct" form. However I believe that "forums" is common usage.
I don't have one either and that's because.......
.........I react very badly to the marketing of any company that thinks it can manipulate the way I feel about myself. By all means tell me what a fantastic product you've got but the moment you try and pull my strings psychologically you can shove your product where the sun don't shine. That applies for me with any company, not just The Church of Jobbs.
Paris because she can pull......
I would also like to point out that the issue of image is not just about Apple's image, it is also about image from their customer's point of view as well. At the moment a large number of mob owners who are less than impressed with Apple's products are laughing like drains at Apple's iPhone 4 customers (you're holding it the wrong way etc...) and that (understandably enough) is VERY uncool from the point of view of the said (very loyal) customers. At the moment their anger is largely directed against those who are exercising their wit and wisdom at the Applefans' expense. However, the more that comes out about how there in fact IS a genuine problem AND that Apple have been bullshitting their own loyal followers over the issue, the more likely that an increasing amount of that anger will be directed against the company rather than those of us who find this situation rather amusing. Apple sell big time on the basis not only of the quality of their hardware (which is often considerable) but also a lifestyle/image gig that goes with it. They are now risking damaging that aspect of things for their customers very badly indeed. If they do not apologise double quick and rectify the situation in a serious and meaningfull way the long-term damage to the company may be considerable.
Easy? Likely you are right but.......
.......I'll be damned if I am willing to part with 400 or so of my hard-earned and then have to araldite it to make it work properly!
Lots and lots of.......
.......wonga, because that what it is going to cost to rescue Apple's reputation this time. Quote:
"Unfortunately, though, those niceties are overshadowed by the phone's antenna troubles: "Apple needs to come up with a permanent — and free — fix for the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone 4," Gikas concludes".
These people actually liked the iPhone 4, praised it strongly in fact! If a highly respected source like Consumer Reports says that the illustrious wallet should now be removed from the illustrious trouser pocket of the Illustrious Steve and opened, then the company should do some hard thinking. It will be embarrassing and it will cost them a very large wedge, however, the damage to their image (and we all know how much that means to them) will cost them a lot more in the long run if they do not bite on the bullet now. The key words are; recall, compensate and fix. Oh and yes, maybe consider saying sorry to your (very loyal) customers as well, you have after all damaged their "cool image" as well.
What strikes me about any debate about smartphones is battery life. Once upon a time when I had my very first mobile (about 25 years ago) I had about 15 - 20 min talk time and about an hour on standby. In recent years it has become commonplace to have a couple of weeks standby (with an ordinary "dumbphone"). With these increasingly powerfull and very well equipped smartphones battery life appears to be a serious issue again with people having to charge on a daily basis. Anybody know if there are any developments in battery technology out there?
Says in the article. They anticipate that most of the calls will made with illegal autodialling rather than anyone being such a dickhead that they ring someone who basically has already said "f*** off.
Just so I understand. It is a great piece of kit if you can connect. However its wifi is so poor that you can be sitting right next to a base station and the performance is still lousy. In order then to ensure that you can use it as meant you have to shell out for the 3G version and then pay someone each month for the mobile broadband connection. Right, I shall of course rush out and buy one - on a very cold day in hell.
A number of good points in this blog. Particularly those who have pointed out something that I had not thought about with 3D. How one watches the telly. Those who simply plant themselves in front of it and stare at the screen without doing anything else are I supect a minority. Most people have other things going on a lot of the time. The glasses thing chains you to the screen in a way that is probably highly unatural for a lot of people.
What that means in practice is that people generally do not bother to defend MS, they simply begin to howl (quite right too!) when MS frakk up. I repeat, it is a strange contrast with the way some people react when Apple is critisised.
Read my post again and then try and answer it properly. What I actually said, not what you thought I wrote. I talked about what one normally sees when MS gets a (deserved!) bashing. The fact that Mac-people are willing to defend regardless is an observable fact. Very few, except the brain-dead, are willing to defend MS in that way.
Why aren't Nokia, LG, Samsung, HTC, etc. not also being hounded? Simple.......
.........they do not promote themselves the way Apple does. The type of promotion that virtually begs people to declare that the emperor is in fact clad in nothing but his birthday suit when something goes wrong. Especially if the emperor continues to insist that, despite clear evidence to the contrary, that he is fully and stylishly clothed and all his subjects have vision problems.
Interestingly enough I have very rarely seen (here at Reg anyway) people repeatedly logging on to defend MS whenever they have effed up something (and that has happened quite often!) whilst one, understandably enough, sees a s*** load of highly critical postings. Hardly suprising, people get angry - justifiably angry. However, when Apple f*** up one sees that a large number of people will defend them to the last ditch, regardless. Anyone got an explanation for this phenomenon?
Just a small speculation
Just as an example of what I mean by "charades" in this context is the following possibility. We know that there are forces in both Moscow and Washington who (each for their own politcal reasons) do not want an improvement in the relationship between Russia and the US. It is certain that they would know perfectly well how to get in contact with one another and would be equally capable of arranging an "incident" (on a devil's alliance basis) that served both their interests. The whole thing could perfectly well be that kind of stunt.
Hang on a minute...
Are we not (most of us at any rate) taking the FBI's account at face value? There are often several aspects to this kind of game and one of them is that there are people in both Washington and Moscow who for their own seperate reasons do not like the fact that Medvedev and Obama have decided to improve the atmosphere between Moscow and Washington. Another aspect is the sheer incompetance (alleged) of these long term sleepers. The Russian secret service is after all simply the Russian section of the old KGB about whom one could of course say a great deal. However, they were not exactly known for being incompetant dickheads like this gang apparently were. The whole thing looks like some kind of game of charades. Who is playing and why....., well your guess is as good as mine.
Horses and camels
The latter being the former designed by a committee, rather like this hybrid. It seems to be a rather unhappy lashup that is aimed at what is in all probability tempory window of opportunity in the storage market. As flash prices come down and speeds go up even further (in the course of the next two to three years) these will become a curiousity. I do not see them doing very much business.