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.
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The first Android tablets did not do so well (it's different now of course) and they weren't ugly, just expensive.
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.
Apple sells pretty much exclusively in the high-end segment - see icon for my opinion of this "analysis".
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.
.... "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.
......... 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!
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....."
.... 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.
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.
........... anything that suggests that Win 8 has not sent the entire PC-market down the toilet will get you absolutely hosed.
........ 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".
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.
"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.
"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.
That howling noise you could hear in the background was me cheering loudly.
Some things tells me that I really want to read their EULA before I book any tickets!
.......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.
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".
..........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.
"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.
"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?
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.
"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".
The iChav perhaps?
........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.
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.
.........that durst not speak its name.
"Windows 8.1 still sucks donkeyballs for anyone that wants to WORK with their PC. For people that TOY, it's OK, but then so is a £99 Argos/Tesco/ASDA Android tablet...."
Apple fanboi perhaps, hmm? If you aren't then your phrasing of that posting was extremely peculiar.
Oh my God. You can't say that here, its like spitting in church. In heaven's name see icon.
I agree. Like you I am not any kind of iPhanboi (something that I suspect the regulars amongst our little congregation may have noticed!) but it is very clear that. if we are going to question a company who farms out its production to this kind of operation, then it is not only Cupertino that has to answer some difficult questions. Western capitalism takes the view that it does not have to answer to anyone (sometimes the "Managerati" are not even willing to listen to concerns that some of their own shareholders have raised)' a view that should and must be challenged. Apple may (like Amazon or Microsoft, for example) be "poster boys" for this kind of attitude but they must answer for the decisions they take to the society they operate in. After all they could not exist without us wage-slaves and customers could they, hmmm?
"Ever since Apple unveiled its fingerprint recognition technology on the iPhone 5S shares in biometrics firms have been enjoying something of a boom."
.............They only noticed biometrics as a potential growth area when a fingerprint scanner turned up on their iThingies?
..............it is all the fault of the socialists/communists/trots what have you I always know that I am dealing with someone that practically goose-steps in their sleep.
A very good point old chap - you owe me a new keyboard!
"and another 20 per cent would do so if they knew how."
Pardon? See icon.
There is, whether one likes it or not a certain "wood for the trees" phenomenon here. IE. That those working most closely on a project lose perspective (however much they are aware of this and try to avoid it). I think Redmond are very wise to provide these incentives to external researchers who have a more dispassionate relationship to the task concerned.
I feel that it is not simply nitpicking to wish to modify that sentence such that it reads as:
".......using conventional planar semiconductor technology based on silicon reaches its theoretical limit..........."
The limit here is after all being imposed by the physical-chemistry of that specific material - ie its crystal structure and consequent inter-atomic distances.
One could also point out that Cupertino's attitude to any negotiations with Samsung where they claimed they were willing to license* to Samsung but demanded** $30 to $40 per device as their price for not starting their judicial carpet bombing campaign against the Koreans indicates very strongly that Apple was not interested in coming to a settlement that involved anything other than abject surrender by Samsung. Their intention was very clearly to destroy Samsung (and thereby seriously damage Android) in the US market.
*One should also take into account IMHO that the kind of patents granted to Apple and many other companies by the US patent office make an absolute mockery of the concept of rational law.
**Otherwise known as "demanding money with menaces" a practice that would earn any ordinary individual a jail term.
"Britons spend one in every 12 waking minutes on the internet, causing advertisers to splurge great wads of cash on online marketing, according to an internet advertisers' trade body."
................are they paying anymore attention than they do to telly ads these days?
They are probably the first example of torrented distribution!
You are far too kind hearted Trevor, I prefer the following.
"3.1 1. Plague of blood (דָם): Ex. 7:14–25
3.2 2. Plague of frogs (צְּפַרְדֵּעַ): Ex. 7:25–8:11
3.3 3. Plague of lice or gnats (כִּנִּים): Ex. 8:16–19
3.4 4. Plague of flies or wild animals (עָרוֹב): Ex. 8:20–32
3.5 5. Plague of pestilence (דֶּבֶר): Ex. 9:1–7
3.6 6. Plague of boils (שְׁחִין): Ex. 9:8–12
3.7 7. Plague of hail (בָּרָד): Ex. 9:13–35
3.8 8. Plague of locusts (אַרְבֶּה): Ex. 10:1–20
3.9 9. Plague of darkness (חוֹשֶך): Ex. 10:21–29
3.10 10. Death of the firstborn (מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת): Ex. 11:1–12:36"
"The latter will mean that the guilty party customer can be identified from the source of any copy found on the internet."
So little johnny borrows a film from his mate and plays it and the next thing Dad knows is that "the boys" are kicking his door in. They appear to be utterly ignoring the lessons from audio downloads and the like. Oh and I would be grateful if their apologists do not come out with the "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" routine*.
*Attributed to Joseph Goebbels, ironically enough.
A veritable treasure trove no less
"How Skype, with virtually no assets and no history of making profits can be worth more than Nokia's phone division is a mystery"
Why and how the MS board agreed to that purchase is something that escapes me completely.
"swift exit from a lengthy battle with the 28-bloc state might actually satisfy Google for a different reason, however. Almunia has already made it clear that, despite requests from the complainants in the case that include Microsoft and Foundem, he will not be proceeding with a second market test that would allow Google's rivals to closely scrutinise the new proposals it has tabled with the commission."
...........that while the commission wants to tackle Google's anti-competative behaviour they do not wish to appear to be acting on behalf of companies (note the plural form, it is not just about MS) whose own form sheet is not exactly something to boast about.
"Are Apple great inventors, I don't really think so. They are, or were depending on your views, pretty good innovators. They've had some well received combinations on their takes on existing ideas. Whether you like their products or not, hundreds of millions of people do like them and are willing to spend more than really necessary to have them*. They have an innovative positioning strategy and innovative products, but they aren't creators, inventors or craftsmen."
Although I would have to add that I do not own an iPhone, do not wish to and yes, they are definitely pricey!
I had a vague feeling that I had seen reports of even higher figures than the 15% I cited. Certainly Madame AF herself cannot cope with "3D" rendering any question of "upgrading" our TV moot to say the least of it! Like you I am surprised that Apple decided to release v7 with this "feature", however, at least one now has an excuse for refusing to even look at this or that mate's latest acquisition!
I am rather surprised that Apple have made such an elementary error given that it is a well known phenomenon that the various forms of ersatz 3D on the market today have precisely that effect on about 15% of viewers.
Spot on. The phone simply makes no business sense in "the third world". However, it makes a lot of sense from Cupertino's point of view if they are taking aim at Samsung, HTC, Sony etc as far as their mid-point offerings are concerned.
.........genuine and credible hardware patents - they have after all been in the game a long time and done an awful lot of R&D. If these patents are indeed nonessential and not covered by FRAND terms then HTC will just have to pay up. Oh and yes, as has already been pointed out this has bugger all to do with The Demonlords of Redmond because all they got as part of the purchase of the mobile division was the right to "rent" use of the patents for ten years.
"By building its own hardware, Turner said, Microsoft has gained a far better insight into what he described as the "seams" between hardware and software, which have often been a weakness for PC makers when compared to more tightly integrated vendors, such as Apple.e"
...........but what he is saying (plus Ballmer's pretty objective assessment of where MS are in mobile) may indicate they have learnt something. Hmm? Although I realise of course that is the last thing that some here want to hear. Icon? Chosen deliberately, I do assure you.
My apologies for an off topic digression but I was reminded of an old joke about a dyslexic devil worshipper who was utterly crushed when he realised he had sold his soul to Santa. I know, see icon.