589 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010
Re: Another one bites the dust...
I don't know the details, but I'm guessing this was a massive management failure at RS. Look, with the electronics revolution of the past 20 years RS was in a perfect position to capture market share. They blew it. Years ago they had trained, experienced salespeople. Now RS stores are staffed by people that can't even insert a battery the right way.
They could have addressed the makers market. More important, they should have FOCUSED on immediate need, get-it-now items that people can't wait until tomorrow to get, like batteries, cables, memory.
Instead they tried to sell broad appeal items (you can't undersell eBay). They tried to sell mobile phones with salespeople that were pathetically inexperienced.
In a nutshell, they didn't know what they should sell. And now, in the final irony the whole company is for sale.
Re: OnePlus One
As a good capitalist, I have to shrug and say the market charges what the market will bear. The purchasers must be getting something for their money that they feel is worthwhile even if that is only cachet of owning one.
True. In this case, the iDamnThings have a high vanity effect. This is why people that can barely afford rent buy iPhones. It's marketing at it's best - or worst.
Re: They've got their heads in the sand..
"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," a DHHS spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.
Sorry, I don't believe it. This sounds too much like spin. Given the sorry state of HealthCare.gov (the website contract was awarded to a Canadian company run by a close friend of Michelle O.) I think it's more likely that consumer personal info was compromised.
Re: "a battery life of up to two days"
These first wearables use off the shelf semiconductors that do more than needed and so draw more power. ***IF*** these devices become popular, custom chips designed specifically for wearables will be made with the proper functionality and longer battery life.
I don't see the problem - my FF v3.6.28 (just checked) works brilliantly. Wake me when there's a good reason to upgrade . . .
I have an older laptop running FF 3.6.28. It's the perfect browser for a slower computer. Fast, reliable, never crashes. I have a firewall and an antivirus and never had a problem. I dare anyone to infect it - go ahead, I dare you.
On my more recent laptops I'm running FF27 and FF28. FF28 constantly shows nag screens to upgrade. I laugh maniacally as I close those nag windows.
Re: Perhaps this gets sorted when...
China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite...
..."so we can pirate it" said the Chinese regulator.
Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance
Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch defending police brutality
Police: "The defendant was caught doing something, (mumbles) not normally considered illegal."
Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless
Are you actually interested in and engrossed in your idea? It'll feel less like hard work if you are!
That should actually be bullet point #1.
It’s interesting to note that the new LG phones don’t have NFC
Maybe low end phones tend to be used by less sophisticated users? And NFC is another tech support call to deal with.
Re: And Mr.Pirsig quietly puts the wrench back.
Xen's efforts aim to ease these situations by delivering a regime in which a single system-on-a-chip could run several operating systems. Each OS would take care of a different task: an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road.
There's a name for this: "Single Point of Failure"!
Re: my guess is...
Murdoch's not a part of that debate. His preferred Twitter style is to fire off something nasty, then disappear for a few days
... just like 90% of the people that use Twitter.
In these things, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Someone working at booking.com is scamming people. The scam they are running is the lowest risk scam.
John Kerry - Yawn!
Listening to John Kerry talk has to be more boring than watching grass grow.
Re: No one believes IDC
No one believes IDC's figures. They are guesswork at best which are completely manipulated to ensure the integrity of the headline figures with the current narrative.
True. Remember that IDC is in the business of selling reports. Developers are building apps and GUIs around Android, not iOS. A report that shows Android is popular, helps sell a project to upper management. So those project people better buy that report from IDC, right?
Oh Captain! My Captain!!!
I recently read an article on LinkedIn that said the Internet of Things will be a "multi-Trillion dollar market" by 2025. At that point you have to believe people are just making things up to get attention. Smart investors and technologists ignore these numbers because they know they are complete guesses with no basis in fact.
That assumes intelligence and some respect for another countries permanent interests. Kerry displayed no signs of any of that during his trip, so I'll put this one down to stupidity and arrogance too.
I'll have to agree. For years Kerry had the luxury of basking in the shadow of the late great Ted Kennedy. But after Teddy died and his vast accomplishments were proclaimed to the world, everyone looked at Kerry and said "So what have YOU done?" An embarrassed silence followed.
As a Secretary of State, Kerry is a seatwarmer.
Whoever those staffers were working overtime, they sure as hell weren't working to fix all the problems with LinkedIn Groups.
" lack of privacy" is the new nicotine.
Re: "the latest version of Firefox has some great tools for web developers"
I'm not a web dev. I just don't like being dicked around. UI stupidity is the problem
I agree. If I wanted a Chrome interface I'd use Chrome. Despite Firefox's loathing and disgust for anyone that chooses to not use their most recent version, I'm still using Firefox 28 because I like the File | Edit | View |... UI.
"Provided you can overlook some of the organization's exceedingly poor decisions in the last year"
...like trying to make Firefox look like Chrome!
"you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”
I need an app to help me figure out what app I need to figure out for me what I should listen to.
Re: I object
But you are forgetting the genius acting technique known as the Shatner......
Re: Like, WOW, man!
it's clear Apple owes customers some answers.
Apple won't want to say anything, and if they are forced they will say something like it's part of their quality control and information is only used in the aggregate and users are not personally identified etc etc. Same ol' Apple B.S.
Re: Why am I not surprised by this?
" But I wonder, if they intercept a 13 year old's sexy pic, will someone charge them with child porn?"
Actually, yes. The NSA is part of the US DoD and hence, has anyone viewing, trading or collecting child porn arrested and charged for the crime.
Actually, no. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch and as such, they are exempt from all workplace harassment laws and it is almost impossible to prosecute them for sexually oriented laws in general. This is why Bill Clinton could not be properly prosecuted for rape.
Facebook was keen to point that it had built the "Buy" button "with privacy in mind"
To date, blocking Assange's escape in this way has reportedly cost some £6m ($10.3m) and counting.
But the entertainment value is priceless.
Re: ...Murdoch...content super-colossus...
At the moment, Fox says, “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner”.
"...because Comcast is offering Time Warner executives bigger takeover bonuses"
IMO Microsoft is one of those companies that has too many millionaires at the top that are no longer hungry and lack vision. The danger is that it has become a "lifestyle company" - it exists solely to support the financial lifestyles of upper management who have lost interest in making hard decisions that conflict with their tee-off times.
We've seen it before - National Semiconductor, Digital Equipment Corporation, Pan Am... the list goes on...
Just In Case
It’s worth noting that many of these vendors – Samsung in particular – are very happy to sign up to pretty much anything new in case it turns out to be important.
I've sat on these standards committees and pretty much that is how it is.
Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.
Probably not murder but manslaughter. Unless there's some evidence she doubles as an assassin she was probably trying to make some extra money by rolling drugs in with her service.
That depends on motive. With a story as crazy as this, I wouldn't be shocked to learn someone wanted him out of the way.
Clegg has promised a "poison pill" clause that will repeal the legislation at the end of 2016
At which point the infrastructure will already be in place - which is what this bill is all about in the first place.
"a solution looking for a problem"
Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Since every IoT "smartwatch' has failed, maybe they should wait and see exactly which IoT devices people actually want, before deciding exactly how to connect them.
Re: on a technical note...
Attention News Flash;
THE UNITED NATIONS IS CORRUPT!
THE SKY IS BLUE!
Re: Cornering the unicorn feed market
Atmel is a smart company, should be interesting to see what they do with this acquisition.
Who Said She Said
You never know who is telling the truth in these things.
Re: Might need more of these
I anticipate that once CO2 maps are made, the climate-change deniers
"Climate-change deniers" are called "scientists".
Kickstarter's actual stance in the real world seems to be "we're quite happy to cash in commissions from any scam no matter how obvious (even to the village idiot) it might be..."
That was pretty much eBay's operational policy early in their history. I recall being ripped off by a seller in Florida, I bought a "new" pasta pot that ended up being rusted and encrusted with old food. She responded to complaints with horrible, bigoted insults. This was back when you could message other buyers, and after a few weeks I had about 15 buyers that had been ripped off furiously messaging eBay and logging complaints. She had about 100 items for sale and over 5,000 feedbacks about half of which were negative. eBay did absolutely nothing. 60 Minutes ended up doing a feature on eBay profiting from dishonest sellers.
Re: You need to carry an Android phone with you in order to use it?
Now do you see the logic?
"Logic" - you kept using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Technology during the mobile age has been CONVERGENT. Wearables and this "smart watch" are DIVERGENT.
Do you see the flaw in your logic?
Re: Since I started using the internet in 1998,
Since I started using the internet, I am now overwhelmed with information. I have a LinkedIn account, a (fake) Facebook account I barely use, and a Twitter account.
In order to receive the emails I want with relevant content, I am forced for receive an avalanche of useless emails generated by these websites.
In the conventional sense, at a social event I can engage in conversations I find interesting and walk away from conversations I find boring. In that sense, these websites are UNsocial.
Google's motto in 2004: "Do No Evil"
Google's motto in 2014: "MUAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!!"
Re: There are always trade-offs
Office365 is Cloud services are beginning to look like a very poor choice for mission critical services.
Re: £480 RRP
They had me at "removable battery". I can't wait until it's rooted.
Google’s “vast data mining and processing empire”
Best description of Google I've ever read.
Re: So if we want to break into your house...
"We’re not becoming part of the greater Google machine,”
insisted lied Matt Rogers, co-founder of Nest.
Re: I bet he felt a massive twat
What a big pussy.
Re: "inexcusable for an IT business."
Note that in their explanation here: http://pastebin.com/WvtjMe9T
They state: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we started to investigate how access had been gained
It should, instead, have been: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we took down the website and disconnected all our systems from the internet..
Although that might be too much work for people working from home.
I'd forgotten he even existed.
Be glad they arrive at all. I've had to stop using suppliers who ship by UPS
UPS is not my preferred. I had a package sent on a Monday, for next-day delivery on Tuesday. After a week's worth of a phone calls and comedy of UPS errors, my package finally arrived at my local dispatch on Friday - yes, Friday afternoon. When I asked if the package would be delivered on Saturday I was told "No sir, you did not pay for Saturday delivery". Nothing I said about the UPS foul-ups would cause them to budge.
Compare that to FedEx. After a missed delivery one day, a FedEx supervisor showed up at my house that evening in his own car to deliver my package.
Oh, and FedEx was also nice enough to throw Tom Hanks that great party after he got off the island...
FedEx gets my vote.
Isn't Hanks one of the decent ones,
A celebrity's public image can be the opposite of their real persona.
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