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Re: Sadly, Wirth's Law will keep on going
Software is ALWAYS about doing what it takes to run on the target hardware. It's all well and good being nostalgic but people used to hand-optimise ASM because they had to to make it run fast enough, not due to some sense of craftsmanship.
Those old-school skills are fun to learn and good to know, but you learned them because it was necessary to get the job done.
I got forced to setup similar things when I lost my iPad password. My problem was they only had a very limited set of questions and many of them I had no answer, or didn't know the answer... I've only ever owned one car, I didn't have a favourite or hated teacher, etc.
They've been saying we're about to run into physical limits for as long as I can remember. It's a bit like fusion... always just around the corner.
That photo is so racist! Insinuating black children are more likely to wee on iProducts that white kids!
Re: Once again ... it's the APPS
I don't know it is all about the apps. Email and web-browsing would be my two main needs for a smart-phone. We've already started to see that as HTML5 matures, a whole class of native apps become unneeded... and in many cases I'd rather view the real site on my phone than the cobbled-together app anyway.
uptake by Valve fanbois
"If it comes with Half Life 3, Left 4 Dead 2/3 and Counter Strike:GO then the uptake by Valve fanbois (like me) would cause a fair few games to get a linux port."
Except all the people who really want those games - fans of the prequels - have Windows already in order to play them. So I don't know it would mean extra sales, which is really all it boils down to unless the owner _really_ wants to go off on a personal mission. Which he might, if he's allowed to.
They should definitely have got an expert scientist nobody every heard of, who mumbles into their beard, instead.
Welcome to the real world, where the aim is to get people into the museum.
Re: Could NaCl do this?
In theory yes - the Ogre3D C++ engine was ported to NaCl with minimal work - but betting any commercial decision on a non-standard technology which could be withdrawn at any point would be crazy. Remember Google Gears?
Because even for the super-rich, this is a massively expensive endeavour.
Re: No, by definition
W8 not doing well doesn't mean it can't build for future success. Vista was highly maligned but laid the foundations for W7, which has been very well received.
So W9 is where the s*** really hits the fan.
Re: ME II
Enterprise will upgrade from XP -> W7, which will bag MS loads of cash. They don't have to worry about W8 in the enterprise.
Clearly, W8 is focused on tablets and touch-screen PCs.
whether you agree that the last 20 were a success?
Only a real moron would ask if a company who has obtained something like 90% market share and increased profits by several orders of magnitude has been successful.
Success is measured in dollars.
Re: Don't know much about Steam but
They could always get everyone to write their games in Java!
Newell ... advocate of Linux ... dislike for Microsoft's Windows 8
Isn't it a pretty bad move to design a product based on your personal taste, ignoring what the market says?
Anyway I have no reason not to want it on Linux but how would this work? Doesn't Steam act essentially as a download tool for the game application which could be a C++ or .NET or other application? If so you'd have to have Linux and Windows versions of every single game, and that relies on the developers bothering to do so... Steam could let you submit Linux versions of your game but would most developers bother putting in the extra work? Even putting aside the small market share of Linux, Linux users are stereotyped as not being overly fond of paying for software - whether this is accurate I'll let the Linux users answer, and would be interested to hear.
Re: Form over substance, as usual...
I'm amazed a braille translator didn't already exist.
How the hell does a USB stick act like a syringe?
Re: If it would be
Actually since Android has double or more the market share of Apple, simple maths shows the majority of idiots are using Android.
That's a non sequiteur... nearly every El Reg story is (at least a bit) related to IT.
People demonstrably DO want to combine social media with lots of things.
I don't know why.
A phone lasts a couple or 3 years before you get an upgrade. Facebook will still be here in 2-3 years.
What has this got to do with IT?
Re: Gross margin at 47.4% is exceptional.
It's not greedy when competing products exist. If only one company is allowed to make something, the "you don't have to buy one" argument is weak, but in a competitive market you can get your tablet/phone elsewhere.
Supply & demand, nothing weird about it.
No, they filed a patent for the look of their devices, as the dumb system allows them to. The system is to blame.
All this snobbery about inventing is rather tired. Most people don't get rich by inventing things. Most products take inspiration from others. You can innovate without inventing.
Re: "rebranding Foxconn kit"
That's 'cos you are thick. They're building to Apple's spec, not rebranding their own design.
Only a fool with their head in the sand thinks Apple are selling hand over fist because people are dumb rather than the products are good.
That level of growth means Apple are selling to new customers, not existing fanbois who buy everything Apple make.
It might buy them a decade of success, but it doesn't look like it will so directly. What it could do, is act as the tipping point away from traditional GUI which is later refined into something better.
Lots of people couldn't fathom Windows95 and are now lambasting W8 for leaving the tried & tested pathway XP took from 95. MS still has enough market share to force W8/9 on the general public, who will be forced to learn it... if that works then Apple & Linux might end up having to go the same way to offer alternatives Windows users can feel comfortable on.
I don't think W8/9 is able to flop, because they're too big and dominant. A slide into irrelevance will take longer than a single product version.
If only there were sites dedicated to facile sarcasm for you to lurk on
Like a discussion forum of some kind? You're full of good ideas.
I bit tired since rebranding suggests the same kit is being made for other people, and the iPad isn't. Hiring another company to do the assembly of your kit is the norm.
I'm just stunned a company already selling such crazy numbers of units, can produce such remarkable growth. It's just insane.
Re: How big does Apple need to be...
If only there were sites dedicated to financial analysis you could look at.
I hope my stockbroker managed to buy me my AAPL shares today... up 6% post-market.
Re: at least they are trying
Better how exactly?
Re: Wow - Fixed it for you
Well done, you devalued your entire argument by using the word 'nazi' to sound cool.
El Reg style to alert readers to PDF links
don't give in to them El Reg.
So there's no right or wrong, just majority rules?
If the majority of us decide homosexuality is wrong after all, we ban it again?
The law is supposed to be based on morality, not giving people what they want. Not a position that fits our 'enlightened' post-modern society, but still the right one IMHO.
Re: If its so widespread AND illegal
So if enough people want to do something, it should simply be legalised? Good way to reduce crime figures, at the cost of absolute idiocy.
It's great Sci-Fi and would be super-cool, but it seems several orders of magnitude from being economically viable even if the tech was not a barrier.
So it'll probably IPO for $100bn.
Oh look an atheist troll. Well, that's original.
Unless you used NetFlix you wouldn't know if the quality was good or not. It's very good, though for proper home cinema I have no idea about the sound and if you're properly snobby I suppose it's not up there with bluray!
Where do these companies find the spare cash to make these dumb claims?
Re: Amazon Kindle Touch touches down 2 years late
Touch isn't really a big deal on an e-reader. Amazon sell on their name, super-slick market experience and the fact their hardware is pretty good, not because they have the best reader handset. Kind of the opposite to Apple.
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