585 posts • joined Friday 29th September 2006 15:41 GMT
Good old Telefonica
Spending peanuts, and delivering rubbish quality and service, a company unable to compete, eternally angry with the world because they think google, yahoo, microsoft and other companies got rich at their expense using their "Network".
Yes, literally they think like that, they think that they are the ones making any investment on that thing punters call the interwebs, and hence the googles and apples of the world should pay them, because without them (Telefonica) there would be no internet for the googles to get to customers.
They are royally pissed off because a guy in some remote corner of the globe can upload something to google play and make money, Telefonica thinks that they deserve their share of the guy's money because the application uses their network to get to the google play store.
Yes I know, it is nonsense as they already charge a fee for using the network, they do not operate a charity, but this is how they think.
So take a Spanish company with that mentality, put them in the 21st century and get them to buy an UK mobile operator.
Don't they remind you of Satellite/Cable TV companies? Where you get yo choose your "a la carte" channel pack not from cherry picking what you like and are willing to pay for, or are willing to watch, but from what pre-made channel pack the TV company makes more money of.
Re: The product makes no sense
"""What would have made more sense is integration into existing Cloud hosting services"""
But this is not about customer's convenience, it is about Adobe increasing their revenue size and predictability, or as the Americans say: "Better milking the customer".
Any likeness of improve service/new features useful to the paying customer is mere coincidence.
Re: Not quite so...
"""However, Adobe's move to the cloud is not a good idea on their part, and is just an excuse to milk users and reduce or eradicate illicit usage - or piracy, if you want to use the vernacular."""
Nope, all this is is an attempt to milk their paying customers better.
The pirates will either keep pirating (The apps run in your computer, they'll be cracked like before sooner or later) or move to other products.
Me I wish people who can not afford to pay the monthly fee would move to cheaper products, or open-source solutions. Why? So we have a healthy software market for that type of applications.
Re: Yep, I agree
"" I am smart enough to work out that it's the samsung software bloat that's the problem""
I agree with you, and I will add that some of us even remove the vendor's OS and deploy a custom 3rd party image (Which Android is plenty rich of)
It seems Microsoft does not allow the same degree of freedom... why? Is Winmo as good as those communist paradises where they have to force people to stay?
"""Android into the kind of slick experience you get on Windows Phone today."""
Well, one thing is for certain, you really like your Winmo, (or just get money to look like.)
Android is not the mess you think it is, unless you call having freedom to change, mix+match any component on the system a "mess".
For a few HOST and about a dozen VMs...
Hype-V 2008/R2 is fine, add than a dozen more on clustered storage and buy some popcorn.
When the weird stuff begin happening, MS's support will blame it on the SAN, the hardware, the weather... you know the rest.
Re: Does MS support the installation....
I'm not asking if it can do it, Windows 2008/R2 can do it too, but Microsoft does not support the set-up.
Meaning that if you have an issue in the Win2008/R2 Hyper-V production environment and have NIC bonding enabled Microsoft can/will refuse to give you support even if the problem has nothing to do with NIC bonding.
Typical MS behaviour.
They create their own hell.
Had they decoupled IE from the rest of the OS (A restriction which is largely artificial) XP Laggards could just deploy IE9 and MS would have to only maintain a single version of IE. (The latest one.)
"""The Sinofsky way placed complete and total faith in telemetry data culled from how users interacted with Windows to build a "perfect" version of Windows that bore no resemblance to reality."""
Bullshit, I call all that bullshit.
They calculatedly and deliberately tried to replace the traditional Windows interface with a sort of universal interface geared towards creating their own wallet garden.
And this has backfired 100%
Obviously it is easier to blame it all on Sinofsky, but he did what he was asked for.
VMWare needs to come with something really good soon
Otherwise its market is going to begin to dwindle pretty quickly.
New customers are not going to come if they get acceptable performance/reliability from Hyper-V or if they just drink the cool-aid from MS.
The film version is almost incomprehensible
Because they did not hire Morgan Freeman to appear in mid movie to explain it.
Re: customer benefits
"I guess the customers that are smart enough to hack their smart meters will get free electricity."
Of course not, while the electricity companies do not care about your security, they do care about theirs, and anti-fraud measures are part of the standard smart meter.
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....
This is a trend, giving you functionality you do not need or have not asked for.
It is the new feature creep.
Smart metering, Contact-less credit cards, tablet-like interfaces everywhere...
Is the game any good?
Does it appeal to the right audience? Because that can explain many things.
I, like another reader before spend way much more money in games and software than when I was younger and had lots of time to spare. If I find something I like I tend to buy it, so does most people my age.
Now the teenagers/kids with little disposable income...
Re: I'm just waiting
"not giving a new GUI the chance to show it's strengths."
And what happens when you have tried the new GUI, and it doesn't not only show any strength but you find out is completely backwards?
Gnome 3.x is crap, Unity is slightly better but shit because it crashes an average of 10 times a day (I haven't tried 13.04)
My advice is: XFCE 4.10.2 rules, XFCE is the one that deserves a chance.
For the last few years have been selling based on the reputation they built years ago.
Anything they make nowadays which is interesting is incredibly expensive, and the rest is at the very least forgettable.
And the software they bundle... oh my god, that deserves a separate article/post.
Re: God I hate politicians...
If they want to level the playing field for small business, why not stopping charging for the tax altogether?
I know what I'm saying, even if it sounds preposterous. All taxes are evil, always get raised, and never fund what they say they will fund, it is all employed to buy voters.
I know this is unfair...
But most enterprise vendors change a hell of a lot for nothing.
2MB in rural areas...
2MB is what I get in London. :-(
Foxconn is not paying anything
This is "for gallery's display" only, to bully other companies, or to keep competitors in line.
"Is costing Europeans a fortune and isn't even environmentally friendly"
Like everything the environmentalists propose, I have a suggestion for all the pseudo green-comunist types out there, when time comes for the next green scam:
Potatoes, with potatoes one can light a light bulb, everyone knows this. So lets sell to the public this idea of setting up potato-based power plants. Potatoes are a green renewable energy source: All we need to do is link lots of potatoes with wires in an industrial scale and job done, lets cash the government subsidies.
It is the energy companies and the oil barons who do not want this to happen.
Someone tampering with the Eurovision contest voting system is a disturbing thought....
And this will cost...
And arm, and a leg, and the other leg and the other arm.
Re: bypassing IT
""The main problem is designating one or more people to work on it, integrating it into existing systems and, if necessary, using another company computing resource as an input/output.""
Thus turning those people into "IT guys".
What does John Engates sell???
Oh I see, in that case @#&* John Engates.
This is a much less polite of all the comments above this one.
Sorry for being rude, the beer is running rampant.
Re: Its the people, not the computer
I do agree with you wholeheartedly, why on this time an age with computing technology being so accessible to everybody some people still struggle with things as basic such as to where to save files goes beyond my comprehension.
People already deal with insane levels of complexity when it comes to administrative stuff and regulations, yet they are unable to grasp what a program is and why installing programs at random from the net is a security risk.
When it comes to professionals, I'm amazed that most can not separate the different components of what constitutes an OS, or what file formats are, etc.
"""effectively designed to stop computer education""
The desktop is dead haven't you heard?
Re: Oh dear. Here we go again.
If a piece of legislation allows it to be abused, you can bet it will be abused extensively. And when a politician says it will not be abused, then bet it will be abused even more so.
Arm was always a favourite...
Of anyone doing embedded.
Re: It would be nice if the PC OEMs learn something from this
"""You'd not be able to ship a lot of servers it they couldn't run Linux and *BSD. If you sell to universities offering support for their flavour or Linux is essential as many departments depend on it."""
All is very true, but the OEMs allow MS to pay them to keep those alternative operating systems out of curious eyes. The OEMs have allowed themselves to depend on MS for much of their revenue, now they have to obey their master.
Re: He sounded quite plausible...
The Firefoxes and Ubuntus would have a chance if Google suddenly turned stupid.
Re: mainly "big screen+heavy skinning"
""UI that could switch the underlying OS without 90% of users noticing."""
You and the "The OS" doesn't matter do not get it, let me explain how it works:
You take away Android and people will notice that suddenly then, they can run a few crappy apps from a massively and I mean MASSIVELY shrunk down app store.
Suddenly the What'sapps, Lines, Beavers, and a million plus games are not available...
I think at the very least Aunt Amy will notice that her previous phone could run that "Guess the word" puzzle of the week so she could play with her friends...
Really, most people do not know the name of the OS, it could be called BacteriusOS or RedDwarf, they do not give a damn, but the "Guess the word" puzzle... that better be available.
Re: It's not that Windows is not selling well
"""Amusingly, Nokia are testing their latest hardware with Android 4.2 at present (according to my inside man!) and they have plans to compete with their own Windoze product!"""
I wish that you are not trolling.
Re: It's not that Windows is not selling well
""Nokia were dead anyway - the microsoft tie up was a postmortem spasm.""
Nope, Not if they had made an Android-based Lumia.
The quality of Nokia's handset is astounding and lots of folks would have bought an Android handset from Nokia.
I Also wish...
That someone at some point explains to the general populace what "Radioactive for thousands of years" means.
Because something that is radioactive for so long does emit a very low amount of energy, and it is not that dangerous as long as it is not dispersed.
The danger with radioactive stuff comes from short-lived and medium-lived isotopes.
Re: too complicated for small to mid size businesses
""I don't understand why VMware is going this way...""
I do, it is the good ol' "Show us the money Mahoney..." commonly known as greed.
The problem is that MS is perceived to be caching up with them, so they will have to drop more and more features from the Enterprise to the standard edition.
In this order:
UltraEdit 12 (Windows/Wine)
Re: @Eadon Siverlight
""Using VB6 as proof that .Net is dead is a silly idea, you have no idea how many companies still rely on VB6 for their products - its a zombie language that just wont go away and it has never been part of .Net. If you had spent any time as a MS based developer you would know this.""
Nope that's right, but what MS did to VB6 and the companies that were relaying on it was even more silly. VB6 is the living proof that MS is not to be trusted when it comes to even its own products. That travesty VB.net that they release to appease angry customers was even more silly.
Also it comes to mind what they did to Flight Simulator, and many other products.
Re: Where to go?
Apple made their bed, now they have to lie on it.
"For years El Reg wondered what the consumer electronics world would look like if the software was free. Now we know, and it's a rather depressing sight. Hardware manufacturers take the savings, pocket them, and cut the corners on the hardware."
Utter and complete disappointment and disagreement reading this (AKA: IT'S BOLLOCKS)
I run a Samsung phone (Good hardware for the money) using CyanogenMOD 10.x tell me which other ecosystem will allow me to run a phone using a supported modern OS without any link to any commercial entity, as I do not run the Google applications.
I would say that is a triumph, is it perfect? no, is it much better than anything else that came before for the end user? YES, do the majority of phone users of the world care about me running a free operating system, no sir.
But from there to say it is depressing... what would you expect? having hundreds of manufacturers in a market and having all of them get a proportional piece of the market, ie 5 players with 2% of the market each?, all of them selling essentially the same product? with the same capabilities?
The software is all that matters in 2013 (It has been always like that, hardware is nothing but the means, not the end) And having free software running not just on a phone, but on a majority of the phones is FANTASTIC.
At the peak of Apple's dominance with the iphone it looked like they would dominate the smart-phone market, and suddenly it is Samsung the one that looks will dominate... It was not that long ago that HTC looked like Samsung today...
Perhaps the author of the article just laments the lack of success of Windows phones, and would prefer a market dominated between Apple and Microsoft with the Android handset manufacturers in a distant third spot.
Because having Apple and Microsoft, dictate the direction of mobile computing will be such a good thing.
Re: Popping Clogs
Great now my monitor is covered in coffee... X-D
I think is is just a wake up call for Wayland
Finish the bloody thing already!, seems to be shouting Shuttleworth.
Re: Non-admin accounts, Software Restriction Policies, ....... LINUX!
I do not know why do I even bother.
ACLs have been possible just installing the required tools for years.
And yes Windows since the days of NT 4 has have had much more security ACLs and granular controls than any other operating system in the world. It did not stop things like blaster, and certainly does not stop people using Java to exploit bugs in the underlying OS, and will not prevent the millions of holes IE still has.
I do not like Windows, and I do not like Java, they have in common that they are designed to make your life easier, and do not seem to be succeeding much at it.
I'm sorry to say this because I mean no disrespect for the judge.
But the judge is the only one who is useless here. I know that he is there to apply the law, and I know that pirating stuff is not legal because it is a form of copyright infringement.
I say that he is useless because the recording companies and their lobbies are abusing his ignorance to set a precedent, and a dangerous one, censorship of any kind is always a dangerous slippery slope, there is no shortage of people with vested interests and dishonest politicians that can exploit the precedent for sinister purposes.
The judge may consider that it is legal to censor, and he may even think he's doing some good to someone, but it is not fair, and it is completely useless, as the internet is designed to avoid damage.
I'm not saying pirating is fair, but pirating will not kill anyone, nor crush anyone, nor poison anyone.
Gluster is not bad but...
"Disclaimer: in case it's not clear from the context, I'm a GlusterFS developer."
Dear Gluster developer, are you working towards fixing that annoying GlusterFS behaviour of randomly locking nodes when writing millions of small files to the file-system per day? (IE: small files = emails)
I do not think Gluster is going to take off for long if that is not fixed.