2237 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009
Re: Ok, that one made me spit Sprite Zero....
Thank you kindly!
"Successes? Oh, we've had a few...........
...........But then again, too few to mention"*
@ AMBxx I agree. Whilst I still use Firefox........
..........as my preferred browser (habit I guess, although not solely that) I am obliged to admit that with IE10 I began to review my automatic hostility to Redmond's offerings in that area. I have been trialling IE11 for some little while now and am obliged to admit that it is a world away from anything they produced in the past. Pity it took them so long to get genuinely serious about good browser design.
I am absolutely delighted to find that..........
...............a word like "monopsonist" exists.
@Doug S Re:"....until they sold 7 billion iPhones every year?" A good point, however,.......
...........the problem is that the markets (and the analysts in this instance) are driven by fear and greed rather than by intelligence, genuine analysis and a sense of proportion. Cupertino is not going to enjoy stratospheric capital gains forever? "Oh woe is us, the end of the world is nigh - sell, sell, sell I tell you, the sky is falling in."
Apple is highly unlikely to stop making serious money (although they will be getting any of mine any time soon :P) but that is not enough for the stripey-shirted-brigade and the rest of their fellow sharks. Irrationallity and the aforementioned fear and greed - Masters of the Universe?
@Cliff Re: Reg, don't join in with 'troll', you're better than that
Agree entirely Cliff - see icon.
Whilst of course we have all seen cases where violence has not been adequately punished the scenario you describe is unlikely. Normally speaking being convicted of malicious wounding or occasioning grievous bodily harm will get you a custodial sentence unless there are very special circumstances and you have a very fast talking lawyer.
@Don Jefe. Splendid post.
@Big_Boomer. Re: "The grass is no greener anywhere else"
Indeed. However, you have to understand that the gold card members of the Anti Microsoft Choral Howling Society have to get their dibs in whether it is justified or not.
As far as I am concerned the lady is well named.
Yes indeed toad warrior.
"You can't screw your employees on wages and expect consumer spending to climb."
However, this not new. The "Managerati" have been wilfully blind to that contradiction since the early days of mass production and the modern mass markets that it created.
Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.
Unless of course anybody feels that "freedom of speech" is served by threatening someone with rape - hmm?
@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.
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