2225 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009
@Kristian Walsh Regarding Apple's business model in the US.
".... the rest of the US carriers follow T-Mobile's lead, it's good for Samsung and Nokia/Microsoft, who have a range of mid-price and budget phones, but it's a disaster for Apple."
I think that if this continues and the Telcos' stranglehold on the retail mobile phone market itself is broken then you may well be right. Apple's focus on one price segment in the US (the very core of their business) would not have been the huge success for them that it has been without operator lock-in, the close to cartel conditions in the services market and the near monopoly hold over the retail phone market that the carriers have. It is an observable fact that the pricing and subsidy models used by the US carriers require that the deals available for the high end flagship phones (all such, not just Apple's) in fact are not subsidised by the carriers but by the rest of their poor benighted customers. If this new dawn is indeed breaking then any producer without the full range of price points in their portfolio will indeed, as you point out, have a problem.
Well, you never know.
He might have said to the judge that it was his decision but 'er indoors may have gotten so pissed off with him being around 24/7 that she gave him very little choice in the matter.
@frank ly "It's a patent that is........"
Indeed, if you go into iOS under "tools and utilities" you'll find the app for it there along with the telephone number of their legal advisors "Sue, Grabbit and Run, Attorneys At Law".
This sounds like the next in the Resident Evil series - er, hang on a minute there appear to be choppers circling the house for some reas.............
@Trevor_Pott Re "I'm not a US person...."
Neither am I, although I have to admit that even if it were MI5 saying this I would not believe them either. As far as I am concerned I would not accept that fisherman's tale from the Almighty Himself without independent evidence let alone any country's intelligence service. What they are saying is that we are (excuse me, it's very hard to type and cry with laughter at one and the same time) just going to have to trust them (Oh God my sides are splitting).
Re: "I don't block ads, not deliberately."
Actually, what you describe is pretty what I do myself. One problem however in this context is those devs who refuse to do a paid version of their app with no more permissions than are necessary for the app to function. I have on several occasions had to reject an app because of this problem. One gets the impression that a fair number of devs are utterly uninterested unless they get to own your phone's arse.
I think that there is a problem here.
Many apps that are downloaded are so called "free apps" where the deal is that ads are the "payment" - what about them?
"....If you follow tech guidelines from.....then you're an......."
Well, if they buy their tech from..... oh, alright I won't go there, but it is incredibly tempting.
Hilarious, I love it.
"Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.
I cannot stand stores where you are pursued by bonus hunting sales staff at the best of times and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast that the only residual trace of my presence would a small local increase in temperature due to displaced air rushing back in.
"substantial discounts" Hm..yes.
Cupertino do after all by their legal services in bulk.
A definite thumbs up for that reference.
Hi guys! Can we please have a little more.....
..........reportage and a lot less "Hello!" magazine?
Pride goeth before destruction and.........
............a haughty spirit before a fall. I suggest that Apple's senior management contemplate this wisdom before it bites them in the arse.
@Jack Faust meets Mephistopheles Re 2 gb contra 4 GB.
"It;'s expected Q1-2 2014 so the first 64bit 4gb tabs should start coming out around then."
A very useful heads-up. I shall wait a few months more before dusting off my wallet.
If the victim is male and the spider the genuine "Widow"................
...........it would not have been just the foot that exhibited swelling. Sufferers experience an extremely painful degree of priapism for which the only real treatment is bed-rest and repeated applications of ice -packs.
Does El Reg have any idea about what percentage of customers are experiecing these problems. It would seem to me that such information would be of interest.....hm...?
A patent cooperative?
Sounds dangerously communistic to me. What would "BigCorp" say?
@AC Well old chap as it so happens.......
"Any chance you remember what you Brits did to China, Massive Opium Addictions come to mind? "
.............. I have never, repeat never, heard a fellow countryman of mine defend for one moment the Opium Wars. I suggest that you review you own history in a slightly more objective light. Particularly in light of the way that, historically, the US utterly ignored the intellectual property rights of all other nations until (think the lead in to the Edison period) they had intellectual property of their own worth protecting.
I am not indulging in a mendacious out-of-context quotation here.
"But given that the U.S. government was unaware"
I am simply trying to underline the point that I think you were making. The US authorities were either very well aware what was going on or they chose to be wilfully blind.
Fairly ironic given recent complaints.........
............ about what the Chinese are allegedly up to, hmm? "Don't do what I do, do what I tell you to do"- and all that.
I find very strange that this report is.......
........... pretty much entirely based on what the Western negotiators say is going on. I do not know whether the Chinese have a case, a bit of a case or no case at all - and I certainly would not gain any insight into that by virtue of reading something that could just as well have been drafted by the Foreign Office.
"Are Sony just trolling the patent office?"
No, they appear to doing something that, in the current climate, is seriously radical - supporting a patent application with a working prototype. Unheard of!
@The Prof "What is it?"
Personally I call them FEMPS. F***ing Enormous Mobile Phones. "Phablets" or Phondle-whatever just does not cut it for me.
The problem is I fear that they are fugly as well as expensive.
The first Android tablets did not do so well (it's different now of course) and they weren't ugly, just expensive.
@raving angry loony ".............in my opinion, more going for them than what I thought."
I agree. Furthermore I think that he himself has woken up to his biggest mistake. The stack-ranking shite. We can argue and debate until the cows come home over this or that aspect of Redmond's strategy in this or that area of their business but any and all mistakes/misteps/misfocusing (bla, bla, bla) arise fundamentally from a company's culture. That that culture proved to be peculiarly resistant to change is, IMHO, directly due to their continuing with that downright pernicious, not to say evil, system of evaluation. Yes, the good news is that they have at last got rid of it. The bad news is that it is something that they should have done a decade ago.
What on earth is this?
Apple sells pretty much exclusively in the high-end segment - see icon for my opinion of this "analysis".
@jai ".... They made a big thing...."
I suspect that the big thing in this case is Apple wanting political cover for their desire to repatriate profits while paying as close to zero tax in their "home country" as they possibly can - just like every other "patriotic" American company.
Well, well well. Truly it is written that........
.... "there is more joy in heaven at one sinner that repenteth than in nine and ninety just men".
On a somewhat more serious note it has been my experience that this vile practice much beloved of The Managerati has poisoned work place relations for over a generation. A thoroughly inhuman system that brought out the worst in people and never achieved what it said on the tin - not even from the point of view of the managerial daleks that implemented it.
I don't think that Elop will get it.............
......... He has to prove first that he can run, successfully, MS' new devices division. The guy from Ford with a track record in managing change on the large scale would seem logical - but what do I know? Redland are not likely to ask my advice!
How could this go wrong?
Very easily. The first time one of the American poodles here in Europe decided that licking Uncle Sam's arse was more important than being "communautaire" *
*Yes HMG, I am looking at you. What was it that the "traitor" said to our hero at the end of Smiley's People? "We've been America's streetwalker for....."
Those who have pointed out that the U2's height was thought of as......
.... its best defence are of course quite right and I stand corrected. The incident still (as I am sure you would agree) stands as an example of the fact that no tech (military or otherwise) is truly future proof and it is wise to assume that your potential enemies will, sooner rather than later, develop effective counter-measures.
@OrsonX Re: "too fast for missile"
Military laser tech may well threaten this bird but I would also keep an eye on missile development. After all "too fast to shoot down" was what the CIA thought about the U2 until Soviet air defence shoved a SAM up Gary Powers when the plane was (for the time) at very high speed and altitude.
You have be careful old chap..........
........... anything that suggests that Win 8 has not sent the entire PC-market down the toilet will get you absolutely hosed.
Hmm.... I am sure that I am not the only one who is highly relieved........
........ that making actual calls will still be banned. Can you imagine it? Trapped on the "Red-Eye" to NY next to some arse howling "I'm on the plane, no not the train - the plane" for the entire flight? We definitely need a "Thank insert-your-choice-of-Deity-here-icon".
@Don Jefe Re: "Sorry for the rant...."
Not at all - I in fact largely agree with your post. I was just feeling somewhat jaded and sour at him getting "credit" for an engineer status he did not earn. I do not in reality scorn him for dropping out but I am not impressed with him making use of it in this way.
Now be fair. After all........
"I can’t wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet. Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA*, and I couldn’t ask for a better fit."
.......... He's got the managerati bollox-speak off pat already. Oh, by the way, "he dropped out of college" means he failed.
Excuse me while I vomit.
"We're also proud to be a force for good in the world beyond our products,"
Oh, and no, that is not my reaction just because it's Apple, I would react the same way whichever CEO from "Big Corp" had said the same.
@Don Jefe: "... Since I am an engineer....."
That howling noise you could hear in the background was me cheering loudly.
@bpfh "That landing could be baaaaaaaaad..."
Some things tells me that I really want to read their EULA before I book any tickets!
@Mike Bell Your post gives the impression that you wish to pick a quarrel regardless......
.......of what I actually posted. To take two of your points:
1. " even if they don't have a clue what it actually means." That was pretty much what I said. Some may have heard of it but they " wouldn't know what a 64–bit system was if it bit them in the arse."
2. "They probably don't need you to tell them how they need to go about presenting and marketing their stuff. Absolutely nowhere in my post did I even mention Apple, it was indeed abundantly clear from my piece that it was the analysts I was referring to, hence my visual play on words when I said "Analists (sic) mention the architecture....."
You are by definition fully entitled to disagree with what I have posted but I take serious exception to point number 2 which was in fact based on something I had not said or even implied, I made no attempt in that post to advise Cupertino about anything at all. Posting that kind of thing is thoroughly dishonest.
Re : 64–bit?
I agree. Analists (sic) mention the architecture in a sad attempt to convince us that they are tech-savvy - the vast majority of customers for retail electronic devices wouldn't know what a 64–bit system was if it bit them in the arse and its presence would have zero effect on their decision to buy. All they are interested in is "does it just work?" (to coin a phrase) and is their new precious "shiney shiny".
@Charlie Clark Re: "need to be compatible with docking stations and Microsoft........
..........won't have any of those until 2014".
Interesting that you should say that as I just spotted the following at a Norwegian site (I live in North Norway):
The site indicates that they are expecting delivery at the beginning of November. From the site:
3,5 mm audio
3,5 mm out
USB 2.0 port x 3
USB 3.0 port x 1
RJ-45 Fast Ethernet 10/100 Mbit/s
If this is correct then MS have taken that point on board, although I have to say that I do not remotely understand why they did not release such a peripheral with the first Surface Pro.
You are comparing apples with oranges.
"With the iPad Air here, the weight of the Surface Pro underscores how lightness is a major factor for considering in a tablet."
By all means compare the iPad Air with the Surface 2 (ie iOS device against RT device) but the only comparison with the Surface 2 Pro and kit from Apple is the MBA. People who are looking for a media consumption table are not the market for a Surface Pro 2 or a "Mac Pad Air" * (ie a tablet running a touch friendly version of OS X).
*As yet an imaginary device but it would not astonish me if Apple's skunk works in the Great Doughnut From Outer Space had such a prototype device on the test-bench.
Am I the only one who blinked at the following?
"calling the slab the lightest full-size tablet in the world."
Where did they get that definition from? There are larger tablets, virtually all high-end kit, don't they count?
@Quxy Re: "occupied by competitors who both have OSes....."
That was an interesting experimented you ran. I think that I would also point out that comparing x86 and ARM setups (which they have done in fact according to this article) rather confuses the picture*. To what extent Intel x86 architecture is intrinsically more "thirsty" than ARM SoCs must also be involved here. However, having said that it is clear that Redmond still have some work to do.
*Had they included a Windows RT slab (running on ARM) that might also have been interesting.
@Dan55 The problem here is, partly anyway, that Mountain View's own business model....
"Devs also need to be encouraged to use as few permissions as possible so malware apps stand out."
....... is based on persuading people to give permissions that are as extensive as possible - they would have some difficult telling the Dev's "Don't do as we do, do what we tell you to do".
Re: The gold iPhone. What might we call it?
The iChav perhaps?
Actually, I have to grit my teeth and admit that this politician's suggestion..........
........makes sense. It is straightforward, simple and ought to be reasonably ok to administer. That does not, of course, guarantee that it will be as effective as this guy clearly hopes but at least it should not cost a shed load of spons to run. Bloody 'ell, if politicos carry on like this I will be in severe danger of developing some respect for them - see icon.
"And suck donkey balls."
Whilst I do not quite share your taste in partners (:P) I entirely agree with the sentiments expressed in your post. Up-vote duly delivered.
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