822 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010
Re: Shouldn't there be inventory of iPhone 5S available by now too?
Guess if they have 3 million of unsold items in stock Apple minds it even if it sold more 5s. It's not having a buffer stock to fulfill sales quickly, is amassing a product that doesn't sell as expected - and forced to review productions plan fully. And if all buyers that should have been the target of the 5c really bought a 5s has to be demonstrated - they could have bough another brand instead.
At $500 each they have a stock value of 1.5bn, which is a nice sum even for Apple. And it's even a bigger issue if Apple is not willingly to sell them at a discounted price, because Cook & C. don't like to admit mistakes.
While say Apple try to sell them at $200 - it would be a $900m write-off - the same size of the Microsoft write-off of the ill-fated Surface RT....
""defects present at or after manufacture" - *after manufacture* doesn't mean "after sale". It just mean that if your iDevice suffer a damage in its travel and storage from China to the Apple Store selling it to you, it is covered by the warranty - as everything else I know.
Moreover, the EU directive is much better, because it says:
1. The seller must deliver goods to the consumer which are in conformity with the contract of sale.
2. Consumer goods are presumed to be in conformity with the contract if they:
(a) comply with the description given by the seller and possess the qualities of the goods which the seller has held out to the consumer as a sample or model;
(b) are fit for any particular purpose for which the consumer requires them and which he made known to the seller at the time of conclusion of the contract and which the seller has accepted;
(c) are fit for the purposes for which goods of the same type are normally used;
(d) show the quality and performance which are normal in goods of the same type and which the consumer can reasonably expect, given the nature of the goods and taking into account any public statements on the specific characteristics of the goods made about them by the seller, the producer or his representative, particularly in advertising or on labelling.
Thereby, much more than "defects present at or after manufacture".
"Before the EU law changed"?? How many iPad, iPhones and iPos did Apple sell before 2005???
When Apple started to sell its fruity goods and opened its stores the EU directive and its adoption by member states were already effective. *Apple* changed somehow its terms when it was forced to do so by European courts.
Re: Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
If you buy directly from Apple or at an Apple store is Apple selling you the goods - so it's Apple that has to offer the two year warranty. And it can't try to deceive customers trying to sell them what is already a customer's right.
Re: I blame Apple
Sure, nobody would have cared to bring it onboard... it would have been safe in a drawer at home (as Cook said about competiting tablets!)
The issue are not latches - it's the amount of silly stuff people force into overhead bins
Overhead bins should be redesigned for the amount of stuff (and size) people force there because they're afraid of how checked baggage is handled (including stolen items) and because they do not want to wait for baggage delivey. Most bins are overloaded, and barely close. Also they are designed so the average luser traveller can open them easily - a better, just a little more complex latch will surely be impossible to open to the average drunken passenger.
I usually put there just a small bag maybe with my camera and tablet, and usually I have to stop someone trying to squeeze into it an enormous rigid trolley with all his or her belongings, which barely fits there, and they do not care if they're destroying everything else already there.
Airlines should start to enforce their rules about cabin baggage, even if some stupid passenger will complain.
Re: I suppose the Aussie transport safety board forgot...
But notebooks and tablets are heavy for their size and usually have thin edges, and thereby more dangerous on average than other objects.
Re: I blame Apple
That means for safety reason Apple has no right to patent round corners!
WhatsApp is for the texting-compulsive type of person
I see who among my acquaintances uses Whatsapp. It's the type of person who developed a texing-compulsive personality. Those who feel they have to text whomever in their address book every silly thing they come across. I call them "the spammer who don't know to be".
One of the bigger Whatsapp user I know is a colleague who always arrive at the office talking on the phone. I guess she starts when se leaves home, and talks on the phone all the time until she arrives at the office, probably with people she left five minutes before. Then, when at her desk she starts to text over and over (of course she can't keep on talking on the phone).. This is the kind of person who needs a perpetual contact with her circle. She can't detach. Like teenagers with their friends. That's the kind of user those apps target. Depending on your environment, you can see more or less of them.
Skype launched "GroupMe"...
But nobody noticed.
Anyway I found Skype almost OK for calls to plain phones when abroad. It is true sometimes it has issues, but most of the time it works ok, especially if the call is not a business call.
Did you run a marketing-designed tool? Of course it would tell you to buy something new. I run Windows 7 64 bit till last year on a 2005 PentiumD 3Ghz machine - which when bought was running XP (Vista skipped, of course). Sure, it went from 2GB to 8GB RAM in its lifetime, as RAM got cheaper.
I upgraded it with a new one just because I returned to Flight Simulator X, and wanted a machine to run it at full steam, and because Lightroom 5 with 22MB images was a bit slow (Lightroom doesn't modify the original images, it applies the list of changes in realtime and is very processor heavy)
But for most common tasks, it was working perfectly. Now it became a NAS for my photos backup copies. The *BSD based OS supports it without issues.
Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
So what? My 2005 PentiumD is a 64 bit CPU. I used it with Windows 7 64 bit till last year. Now it's running the 64-bit version of FreeNAS in a custom built 9TB ZFS NAS server. ZFS requires more then 4GB to work well, thereby the 64 bit needs. If Apple was installing 32-bit only CPUs in its 2007 hardware to save on costs and have even larger revenues on its expensive products, well, its customers are really gullible...
Sure, MS just asks you to pay the upgrade price for a thirteen years old OS - Apple asks you to buy new hardware for its whole cost because your six years old one is no longer supported, quite not as bad as MS.... ooooh, Apple is so nice to customers....
A secure phone based on Android?
Or is secure or is based on Android - one exclude the other....
If Windows has a bug it's because MS is bad, if iOS & OSX have a bug is a "cultural malaise"?
That's just a demonstration that:
1) Bad developers are bad developers wherever they are employed
2) Code is never automagically secure - nor one OS is better than another "just because"
3) "Open source" doesn't mean someone will really look at the code - how this one went unnoticed by the legions of open source supporters? Don't you spend your free time reading code to ensure it's properly written and without bugs? Why you don't?
4) Issue like this would be identified not only by static code analysis, but also by tests complemented by test coverage analysis tools - they should spot the code which tests never exercise. I use one for Windows applications - it's not cheap but it's great, and I'm not the Mighty Apple With BIllions in Cayman^H^H^H^Hsh. Don't they buy such tools for their developers? Or they do but their developers are too lazy and spend more time using the iPhones than writing proper tests and checking coverage?
Re: "Commodity Networking Hardware": Another way to fund the executive bonus pool.
I guess executive will also start to save on expensive office furniture, expensive travels for some business meetings always setup in nice resorts (no web conferencing through cheap switches and routers) and on expensive luxury cars to shuffle them around like IP packets... or I am wrong?
Re: Skype is doing thef for ages... what's new?
"already working with WebRTC"
Frankly I can't understand this mania to multiplex everything over HTTP and create a TCP/IP-like layer over HTTP that already runs over TCP/IP. It's Google pushing hard this way, and shows how stupid are Google engineers in their attempts to gather as many data as they could - while creating a lot of useles protocols that just introduce more overhead in processing them (and more headaches to sysadmin trying to unterstand what's running over their networks and stop unwanted applications) . Yes, I know the reason, bypass firewall/proxies/etc. Just we already have designed and built firewall/proxies to inspect and block all their stupid "TCP/IP over HTTP" protocols...
Re: I wonder how well this service is going to work with data roaming
When you're abroad you can take advantage of free or cheap wifi to use such a services, I routinely use hotel or offices wifi to place calls via Skype when I'm abroad, especially when I'm in countries leading to crazy roaming fees (Vodafone asks me 3€/min to call from/to some countries).
Otherwise if you travel often enough to a give country you can get a local SIM with a data plan which is usually far cheaper than roaming calls or data. The greed of some telcos is killing their revenues from roaming, because they ask so much money people are getting smarter and find cheaper ways to call/message.
Re: I would be much happier with Video calls
It's interest was little even before it was acquired by MS - and it does support iOS and Android which are MS competitors in the mobile space. From many perspective MS should be interested to bring as many people as it could to Skype, because these kind of services are more useful as more users you can reach with it. Yet I would like to know how many users buy Skype premium services on different platforms. Maybe if Linux users are very little willingly to buy them compared to other users, there's very little incentive to support an OS with very little desktop share (servers don't call with Skype...) and whose users don't spend on Skype.
Re: Great. Expect random fluctuation in latency
That's why QoS exists.... but a simple app can't control it, it's up to the network provider. IMHO it does make sense to pay a little more for prioritezed packets - but sometimes you can cope with latency and other issues if your calls don't need a very high quality, and all you need is a cheap call.
Re: I would be much happier with Video calls
Ask yourself why Skype is very little interested in a Linux client... do you believe FB/Whatspp would be more interested?
Skype is doing thef for ages... what's new?
So we have another Skype clone, which was probably the clone of something else... what's new in another "walled garden" application which lets you calling people who use it only? At least with Skype I can call plain phones abroad at a decent price (compared to the crazy price, up to 3€/min of telcos here), without asking them to install Skype, if they don't (or can't) use it. Is another Skype app for mobile worth $19bn??
Designed for Android??
Just a spin to sell it to gullible smartphone users? I guess it's not a brilliant move trying to throw FUD to users looking for an high-capacity microSD card but not using Android.
It's funny people use messaging apps...
... when they could use email for the same task, being able to write longer messages, while using a service which is interoperable among *billions* of users with no "app lock-in".
But the teenagers grown up with SMS because they couldn't use a computer looks unable to get past them - everything else is too complex for them.
"2013 was the year we ate our vegetables"
Maybe it means "we did what we were told to do [by customers] - even if we didn't like it too much vecause it meant to admit we were wrong."
It's just Apple is trying to pretend the Microsoft Surface doesn't exist...
.... because people needs to augment a table functionalities for any productive tasks.
Look as there are more and more BT stylus being developed to add iPads digitizer-like features. I'm sure the next "big new feature" for the iPad will be a Wacom digitizer...
Re: Test-Driven Development
Because they're not Microsoft, they never make mistake, their code is safe by definition because it's a a *nix OS.... you have not to dirt your hands with proper code and testing, thta's only for Windows developers....
Re: I've poisoned my phone book
You just gave your data to a different company....
Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)
1) The more informations you give away about you, the more ways they'll find to use them *against* you, to extract as much money as they can from you....
2) If ever they develop a cure for cancer, they will make you pay it dearly even if you gave away your data for free. It's all about money, not helping people. But I guess from data they understand they need to invest more in viagra-like drugs, not curing cancer - especially from those textting their "girlfriend" abroad...
Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)
You can do it without giving away your whole phonebook including data of people who trusted you an don't expect you give their data away also, just to chat with your foreign girlfriend... maybe contacted in some lonely-man-meets-girlfriends-abroad site...
Re: @Jurrasic A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)
And if in slurping your phonebook - which today doesn't contains phone numbers also - they get also alll other data that links phone number to emails to other applications IDs (i.e. Skype and others) to locations (addresses) to contact names, you are able to access many informations some people didn't handle you ot that could be very difficult to easy link down to a single "entity" - through their friends or acquaitances.
Google does the same, or Microsoft, through their "backup & sharing across devices" services on the "cloud"... the only reason they offer those services for free it's you handle them very valuable informations. And once you handled your data to someone else, there's a good chance they will end in some "big data" database even if you try to give some contacts detail only to some people you "trust", the problem now is you can't trust their devices because they are designed to slurp data and send them to their creators. Legislator should enforce an opt-out flag for this kind of data, but even if they were spyed fron NSA they don't understand how many data are collected through devices.
While someone keeps on downvoting here anybody who points this out, it has to be someone from Google & C.... maybe even a bot - or someone who looks alike the three monkeys that don't want to see, hear, talk... because for him spamming his friends with useless messages to show he has a smartphone is more important to protect our privacy.
Re: What is that?
Yes, and Skype does messaging, VoIP, video calls, and some sort of videoconf, if you pay, on multiple platforms. Also useful for international calls at low cost. FB paid twice for something that just shuffle short messages around.... now every single-app company that becomes fashionable for more than two months among smartphone lusers becomes a multi billion company. I'm waiting for the fireworks when someone says "the emperor has no clothes!"
Especially if you preder the Chineses have your data, and not only the NSA...
Re: Oh great
The telephone number is a great, powerful unique identifier.... that's why WhatsApp & C. uses that instead of a simple account. And through messages they're able to build an accurate graph of all relationship - that database alone could be very interesting for Facebook. Of course the NSA has already its copy...
Antitrust laws were introduced to avoid distortions of the free market...
... but US courts have become very very afraid of enforcing them because someone said them those laws could damage the "US economy" - meaning "those laws could damage the earnings of those able to distort the free market".
But this doesn't look the case of Facebook needing to kill a competitor - it's just Facebook has really no idea how to sustain itself in the long run, and thereby is buying more companies that don't have an idea how to sustaint themselves in the long run.
The best business today is setup a company based on a single product but that could appeal to many users for a while - then sell it to Facebook for many $$$bn, and then buy your own tropical island and open a bottle of champagne and drink it cheering the Facebook people who made you rich... and wait for them to fall - meanwhile remember to sell all of their stocks, in a couple of years their value will be $0.00
If you come from a culture where that is normal - you don't find reasons to act in a different way, If you've been taught that women can't tell you what to do, that younger people should always pay you respect no matter how, that if you come from an higher caste those from lower ones can't tell you what to do and so on, and you're not clever enough to undestand how silly it is, you're doomed to act like that guy. And especially in an environment like IT which is extremely "meritocratic" that attitude hinders them from learning truly.
I've seen that from any highly cheap zone, even in Europe because of state or EU aids and subsidies. There companies rise like mushrooms to find barely skilled workers (the really good ones already found a good job elsewhere...) and try to sell them anywhere the labour cost is higher - and their offer is always the same "our workers are much cheaper than what you can find locally - you'll have huge savings!!!" - and most manager when hear that becomes blind to everything else. They do not check what the real capabilities are with a test project or the like, they jump on the boat dreaming about their bonuses...
The question is: at the same salary level would they hire them? The answer is a big "NO". I would not enforce legislation to deny visa, I would simply enforce a legislation telling you can't pay less a worker for the same job - no matter how where he's from or where he lives. You will see that the need for "indian IT worker" suddendly evaporates, because the only driver to hire them is how much cheaper they are, regardless of their skills.
Re: Xenophobes rule..
Yes, but managment has a tendency to hire cheap idiots - just because they are cheap - and the cheaper they are, the less they look at their real skills - after all coding is easy, isn't it?
When they have to shell out more money, they become much more careful about who they hire.
OOOhhh! At last!
The average skill and experience of an Indian IT worker is appaling - without being so cheap nobody would hire them. They also grow in a culture that doesn't lead to good problem solving, team working,, and taking responsibilities - and being polite (the worst forum/newsgroup members usually come from India). But managers like them because they usually are "yesmen" and don't discuss bad management decisions - and we all see where it led.
Re: Windows 8 tablet users are using Office 2013 already....
Who needs a "touch optimized" version of Office? It would be just a dumbed down one. Ahh, I understand now why IPad needs it - it needs a dumbed down version for dumbed down users.
The fact is still Windows 8 users have the full Office at their fingertips, and I can't see who is eagerly awaiting a Metro version which will be just less powerful and less friendly to use.
After all when I am creating documents I'm doing it with a keyboard and a mouse attached because it is far way faster and more productive. When I'm just displaying them I could do without.
But saying that Windows 8 users have to use the Office 365 web applications is plainly wrong and silly.
I really don't know who would use a touch-optimized version of Office on any Windows 8 device - one of the reason to buy a Windows 8 device is exactly being able to run the full Office, and not a neutered version that could be good for Android or iOS users which lacks the capability to run professional applications.
Re: sounds familiar
LOL! Windows 8 on tablets already run the full Office because the API Office uses are the same Windows 8 has.
Windows 8 tablet users are using Office 2013 already....
Who wrote this article? I'm using Office 2013 on my Surface 2 Pro and it works flawlessly. What should I wait for? Why should I use the web based version of Office 365 - which remember - it's just an option because Office 365 delivers you the whole Office 2013?
This article looks only like fanboy FUD.
Re: New Wheeze
LOL. Just compare the network speed of SMB 2 and 3 compared to SMB 1... and XP kernel is much more bloated than newer ones. Compare GDI+ to Direct2D... if you like to live in the past for unknown reasons is up to you, but OSes are not like wine, they don't get better with time...
Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.
Check the nib size.... and the digitizer is supported at the OS level and doesn't need power....
Re: Keep polishing, Microsoft......
Many professionals can decide what has to be used for their projects - if they have enough power inside the company they work for. Of course changing tools continuosly can have an adverse impact - because you can deliver faster and better quality with tools you know well, even if not edge, instead of having to re-learn too much too quickly.
But you may have missed that even Visual Studio is an "open IDE" today and you can add other tools and compilers inside it. You don't like its VCS and like Git? You can use it. Prefer an Intel compiler? You can do it. And there are many third party tools - you can integrate the Oracle tools inside it, for example. Writing a stored procedure inside VS is much better than in a console SQL*PLUS session...
And there are still many Windows applications which are not written with Visual Studio.
While the average Windows GUI application is usually better than the average Linux GUI application for the simple reason developers used to work within GUI istintively design better GUIs (often just borrowing from what they see every day) and taking advantage of tools more advanced to design GUIs, than those used to consoles and with primitive tools for GUI design.
Re: New Wheeze
Just up to a point. Processor architecture changes, and technology improves too. SMP support in older versions of Windows are less "polished" than those in later ones. There are internal changes, optimizations, new features (i.e. new synchronization primitives) that are not available in XP. And supporting multiple cores is not exactly alike supporting multipe CPUs, because they share caches, memory bus, etc, and require a slightly different approach.
Also new CPUs may offer new ways to support and improve OS features - but of course you can't adopt them in older code easily - especially if you don't want to break compatibility with older hardware.
Same is true for memory management, the availability of larger and larger address spaces forced to rethink how to manage them. SSDs can't be treated like plain rotating disks or their life gets shorter - the OS has to be aware of their needs.
Read Windows Internals, and you'll discover that new versions of Windows go far beyond UI changes.
All these changes exploit far better actual hardware, and also can exploit actual GPUs much better than what XP could do - and not only for games, but for many kind of applications - for example technologie like Direct2D and many others are not available in XP and MS has no reasons to retrofit them on old code. In 8 the embedded hypervisor is also used to run emulators for mobile development. XP has no hypervisor, and its virtual machine software is really outdated compared to actual ones. And even VMWare and others may stop to support old OSes soon.
XP64 bit was never widely used, and it's barely supported by 64 bit software. Most 64 bit client software has been written for Vista or above.
IMHO it's perfectly silly to buy new, edge hardware and then run on it an old operating system not designed to exploit it fully. I too installed 7 on my new desktop - but just because I really don't like using 8 on o non touch device, but I really hope 9 will be released soon to exploit my new hardware better than even 7 does.
Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.
Sorry, but the iPad has no Wacom digitizer (Samsung Galaxy has one). Sure, there are "pens" for iPads, but they just work like your finger nothing more. A pressure-sentitive digitizer is far more precise, and has more features - i.e you can turn it upside down and use the other end like an eraser, and also can have buttons on it. Try it with an iPad...
Re: New Wheeze
It's funny - if MS doesn't improve software it is blamed for it, if it does improve it is blamed because of it.
Anyway downvoters here show the deep knowledge of OSes they have. SMP and multicore support, process and task schedulers, physical memory management and addressing, disk and file system management, new technologies and protocols are of course topics they don't know anything about - they just look at the shell UI widgets.
Hardware is evolving, and software, especiall OSes, has to evolve with it. Could you retrofit endlessy an OS based on old code? Does Linux distro support old releases on old kernels? Does Apple still support OS9?
Try install a newer operating system, maybe you'll discover your PC has more than 4GB or RAM... unless it is also as old as XP.
people who see themselves and their craft as an exclusive band of brethren - journalists?
'people who see themselves and their craft as an exclusive band of brethren' - was he talking about journalists? Because every time someone says everybody can become a reporter today thanks to the digital world, they say you require a long training and experience to be a true journalist...
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