112 posts • joined 3 Apr 2010
Re: An important question : SSD failure modes?
So I had 4 identical Samsung drives - not in a RAID at the time but could easily have been - fail one after the other in the space of a day. RAID is out of the window if that happens - and much more often than not RAID has identical drives? Perhaps it teaches me something about Samsung drives, but definitely back up, onto a variety of different manufacturer's stuff!
They should do an iphone phat for people that don't mind trading phone bulk for a massive pile of mAH. Now they've started the trend with 2 different sizes and the 5s/5c living on, why not?
Also the base models need to be far less anorexic with the flash, and the bumps should be FAR cheaper - how much is 16gb of flash these days to apple anyway? $2?
nah, phones4u has been on the block for years, it was only a matter of time. Caudwell and the 2 private equity gaffs have made their money and flushed the staff down the shitter. It was always going to be this way.
The bit that makes me laugh is the complaining that the networks have been ruthless bastards. Caudwell and phones4u etc are the biggest bunch of ruthless bastards out there. They have just been out-ruthless-barstard-ed for once.
Its a crying shame for the non ruthless bastard staff still there when it sunk, but that's all.
Re: Biting on the Apple
The big problem - for me - is that "it just works" has genuinely gone with iOS7. I can't be the only one, the question will be what percentage of Apple's massive increasing sales are people that bought into the ecosystem long ago, found it "just works" and bought the next one - just because phones get old and knackered relatively quickly - yet have now found that it no longer "just works". The impetus to buy the new one will be gone.
Anyone that has spent a huge amount of contract or outright purchase money on an iPhone4S for example, and understands what's behind features like facetime breaking completely, then had it turned into a pile of unresponsive crap by iOS 7 will be questioning if they're mug enough to do it all again.
I speak as a huge iPhone skeptic turned fanboi turned infuriated-user-that-hopes-it-will-all-work-out, so I think I'm objective. Maybe I'm not ;) and of course it requires the user to be technically informed. There's a high number of iPhone users that are not (no criticism whatsoever).
I still think for at least this iteration I will be in the extreme minority, everything you said rings true, and it will sell in huge numbers. And for me, that will actually be a shame. IMHO Apple need a wakeup call so they get better at their software again.
I don't think who actually owns the technology now makes any difference to how reliable they are. Ignore my inane nonsense if you wish, but I will not be stopping it on your say so!
RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!
Re: Logan's Run
None of this peer pressure inducement is required, Apple's technique is to ensure that successive* iOS upgrades make your phone run so badly that you buy a new one.
The risk is the new one isn't made by Apple, but the other manufacturers seem to skipped the UI course at college so at the moment that risk is still tragically low.
* mandatory of course, because features and apps slowly break and "require" the latest version.
I speak as a rabid iPhone fanboi.
Re: Might explain...
I did say *might*. Perhaps I will revert to my initial thoughts that Apple have forgotten how to code efficiently.
Still stands: the OS is too busy & memory hungry for the apps to run anywhere near as well as they did on iOS 6.
...why my 4S on iOS7 runs like dogshit. The OS is too busy recording details about every last packet that goes through it to devote any CPU or memory to the apps.
I bet Logitech are very glad they were intelligent enough to get out of this dying market!* (I have 10 squeezeboxes, and they still delight me, most days)
* actually, I don't think they even realise that they were in it, nor that they got out of it. Seems to have management that's on another planet to the rest of the company. Huge shame.
"the fact that the U.S. Marshal is selling an asset with demonstrated potential to facilitate crime"
Unlike any other form of currency of course. Nobody pays for illegal things with *that* stuff.
Nah. I agree with the first part: the bashing is unpleasant, and he is not an expert in IT, but the problem here is by the very existence of the article (and the previous faux pas on QI) that he is holding himself out to be one. No need at all to mention IPs and running out or otherwise of them, unless one is trying to be a clever-clogs.
Good luck with that.
Went out and bought (virtually ofc) the zte open the moment they were in stock on eBay. Dreadful, dreadful phone, completely unusable unless you find double checking every single prod of the screen actually did what you intended. Now just use it and its associated contract as a mifi access point and it can't even get that right.
Burned. It's a great idea but extraordinarily poor in its execution.
Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures.
I think my confidence is dented enough to say no thanks, even if it made tea, washed the car and predicted the lottery results
...but no one is bothered about being embraced and extended? Again? C'mon haven't you learned?
But Mozilla, please stop tarting around with the UI for no good reason eh? I've had a menu bar at the top of the window (or better, screen) since forever. I know where it is, as do all the people who really couldn't care less how a PC works, or have spent many hours begrudgingly learning how to use the browser because they have to. Leave the stuff in the place people expect to find it will ya?
Also making the massive assumption that..
... an organisation that could not keep track of hundreds of thousands of bitcoins has correctly kept track of which account holders they were actually supposed to belong to.
Why in the hell are any of us stupid enough...
... to keep buying stuff from these idots?
sounds good, lets do that!
re BT saving youview
Given that youview got quickly bastardised into "new TV platform for BT that doesn't suck" I am not surprised they saved it, and that broadcasters are not interested.
Licencing: causing more outages than actual faults since 1990
The NHS is one of the few organisations potentially (cos it's all split up into stupid bits and pieces) big and ugly enough to write it's own software in house, and be able to afford to keep the staff and have resource to make decent software, keep it up to date and fresh, with the added bonuses that it will actually do what they want, and the process of buying it doesn't need to line any shareholder pockets.
By now the whole lot could be HTML5 in a browser, so who gives a stuff what's actually running on the desktop? Hell it could probably even do it's own Linux distro. Standard NHS desktop anyone?
That places that are so massive that they have the scale to do that but rather still line corporates and their shareholders pockets while putting up with horrendous shitty software (XP included) astounds the hell out of me.
Re: 8GB is pretty useless
Absolutely! and what's 8gb flash at trade price in the qty that apple buys? $2? They should bump the storage sizes massively now that it'll do next to nothing to their margin. Perhaps that'll be a differentiator for a while, perhaps everyone else will just copy. It doesn't matter cos flash costs are so incredibly low.
Speaking as a completely won over fanboi they managed to nix my otherwise dead cert purchase of a 5S by sticking only 16GB in it and trying to charge £80 for an extra 16GB flash that I know I can buy for £10 retail.
I might be the only one, but I doubt it.
Also for the 5c, make them in black too? Or can the product completely if you don't actually want to sell them anymore.
Worse, the life of an apple gadget is limited by when they bring out the new OS and force it upon you, which inexplicably does pretty much the same but uses twice the CPU and RAM, making your old otherwise perfectly serviceable iDevice fookin useless. I speak as a massive iPhone fan.
Cool, they can make the whole OS work as good as IOS 6 did while they are at it. The pillocks.
That's a pretty big list of kit right there!
Well I'd sure as hell instruct my finest legal people to find a way to ensure that BT are excluded from bidding processes ever again! If you're that litigious that you delay the process then fire off a damages claim for a tender that you don't win, I don't want to be doing business with you ever!!
Also: Capita and Updata (Crapita and more-down-than-updata)? From admittedly limited experience of both this will be an utter failure, or at best hugely missing it's promises. Just a question of how much of a cover up/brave face is put on it and at which levels in the chain of politics.
Depressing because in my little part of the world I know for fact the local councils and NHS could link and abstract their networks with very little pain and money, remove redundancy, sell it as a service and STILL run it a sight better and cheaper than a company that's got a highly leveraged deal* they now need to make dollar out of. It just needs some strong willed and driven people at the top.
*guessing from BT's whinging.
If it's anything like the iOS version of Lync (that forgets to list your favourite contacts, mucks around with your phone book, and doesnt even kn
ow what wor
d wrap is) then it will sink without trace
I couldn't even figure out what they did with play.com seemed like ebay but even more dodgy, and haven't bought since. Was my first choice too.
They could do with investigating passing of customer details to rogue PCI compliance assistance outfit as well.
The "louise boat" surely?
"They need to find who has got the lowest airfare on these routes ... and that's us."
Fine, I'll choose the next lowest then.
they're also too busy answering stupid FOI requests from people wanting to write exclusive news stories.
Re: I feel it in the air
They can reject returns by making it absolutely impossible to return stuff. And if you do manage (for instance by posting it to them unsolicited) by not giving you your money back. Other retailers have caught on, try returning something faulty to Tesco phone shop. They won't take it. There's a world of difference between being entitled to return something and actually getting the retailer to let you.
Re: I feel it in the air
Abso-fecking-lutely. A bang to rights, born to fail pile of crap OCZ vertex II. The absolute best they were prepared to do after literally MONTHS of wrangling was replace it with another. Which of course has remained in its box. I think I'll have my money back now cheers eBuyer.
Re: Tell you what. Mr. Vaizey...
Indeed. I've got two personal DABs and two little portables, and I don't think any of them can last 10 hours on a set of batteries. I've got an Hitatchi Superwoofer (remember them?) - it's a big, loud bastard with stereo, lots of speakers, lights and everything, yet it has had the same set of batteries in since I don't know when (at least 3 years now).
DAB is *NOT* an acceptable replacement for FM, unlike (arguable) DVB for Analogue PAL. And I speak as someone with that many DAB radios. They need to come up with and push something else before people are forced to move.
They'll need to fix that thing where you can't text internationally on prepaid (cos it normally costs more than an inclusive text apparently). I paid $60 for a week's service to be used for data and text, then found I couldn't text anyone I know, and the data rates when I was in coverage were of 1990 modem standard.
Scarey, Plasma is still absolutely leagues ahead of LCD.
Good! They can finally refund me for that military grade data destroyer dressed up as a hard drive called the Vertex 2
How the piss pot has nobody in the entire world written anything that's *markedly* better than XP, so that a big wedge of the userbase have felt compelled to update, or worse, are still not compelled to upgrade when faced with this apparent impending doom?
In 12 years +??!!
Re: Yes indeed
Most would buy the phone time and time again if they didn't add anything flashy to it. I'm not sure you get why repeat buyers are repeat buyers.
Squeezebox has had bounce at the end of the menu since..... err.... 2005 ish perhaps earlier. There's prior art anyway IMHO.
Again I say they should have made the flash capacity of the low end model a lot bigger, and this would appear to be another (minor perhaps) reason.
I wonder what this is going to do for obsolescence of the older phones. If apps start coming out that are 64 bit only? Worrying.
They've missed a real opportunity to beef up the base model storage, and perhaps remove the incredibly expensive increments (£80 for an extra 16gig in this day and age?). As a confirmed fanboi, I'll not be buying, purely on that point alone, I imagine I'm not the only otherwise guaranteed sale they've lost.
http://www.abouttsb.co.uk which is linked to under "who we are" was listed as a reported attack site this morning as well! Well played :)
Good luck with that.
Wow they cut out all of the customer service, and ignore returns, and they STILL can't return a profit?
Re: @tin 2
""The IET engineering magazine seems to think they pay $20 for 64GB (Unless there are using better quality stuff this time it has always been the same figure with part numbers at the commercial price."
I don't know where they're getting their figures from but the flash in iPhones is much more like an SSD than a cheap SD card. Those are the prices that you should be comparing. And you can't get a 64GB SSD for anywhere near $20."
Well the figures I saw were Apple paying $40 for 64GB flash, not $20, and you can bet that the flash that goes into a 64GB SSD is around that price (probably lower) with retail prices now being $60-70.
Of course you can't *buy* a 64GB SSD for anywhere near that price, same as you can't buy a 64GB iPhone for anything like the BOM price. I'm talking about the hit Apple would take.
Well seeing as ifixit seemed to reckon that apple pay about $20 per 32GB of flash for the iphone 5 (for which apple charge $100 e.g. when bumping from the 32 to the 64gb model) and they reckon there's $440-odd of pure profit in the base 16gb model, I reckon with another year of price reductions and economies of scale in supply, Apple could manage to sell ONLY a 128GB model at the base price and still make $370 profit per phone.
Although of course that doesn't consider that it looks like Apple make $611 per 64GB iphone due to the extreme overpricing of a few gigs of extra flash, and of course there's some losses in retail distribution etc that ifixit don't take into consideration.
Maybe not the Apple way, but perhaps time to sacrifice a little bit of the profit for market share? There are rumblings afoot and maybe this is one way to tackle them.
I think they'd influence some of the Market their way and have the dual purpose of not losing the Apple fans that have found they constantly have to administer the space on their device cos they didn't want to pay an extra $100/200 for $10/$30 worth of flash back when they bought it. I also think it would make the decision a lot easier for those that are updating their phone and considering other options.
Hey people, that product that we said was amazing and the best ever, and the bestest and most securist ever ever? Well I'm here to finally admit it's a load of shit.
Please buy our new one, it's loads better, promise.
They managed to get it down to that by efficient coding and advanced data compression techniques.
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