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The accounts guys love clear fixed prices; they hate the budgetary unknown of pay-as-you-go contracts. Imagine going to your boss and saying "I need about $2m for a new software rollout, but it might actually cost $7m if we like it and use it a lot, or it might just be $0.5m." It's the same principal behind mobile phone contracts with more free minutes than anybody could use: people don't want to be shocked by high bills, and would actually prefer to pay a bit more to avoid them.
The linked article "What's wrong with computer scientists" nails it.
> Computer scientists are far more likely than other graduates to study at post-92 universities (64.4% of computer scientists study at post-92, whereas only 13% study in the Russell Group).
New universities attract students with lower A-level grades. Many employers skip the university section of the CV, because it's so hard to compare: is a 2:2 from Durham worth less than a 2:1 from Bucks New University? Instead they look directly at the A-level grades which are likely to be familiar ("I did Maths at A-level yonks ago, so I know what's involved").
Since more CS students go to former polytechs, we can infer that they have lower A-level grades. That would partly account for their lack of success in the job market.
What about foreign anonymous pay-as-you-go SIMs roaming on Pakistani networks? No way to control those.
The point is that they are (finally) listening to their customers. One of the major issues with VS 2012 was general responsiveness; 2013 is a damn sight faster (I've been using it since it came out). I for one am glad they're paying attention to their customers. Now if we could just get the API teams to listen to us too....
There's space on the 15-inchers for a numeric keypad. Why won't Apple include one?
"... the UK was currently relying on immigration to pick up the slack ..."
That's the problem though. Why should I study a hard degree for many years, only to have to compete against 1.2 billion Indians? Much easier to study something like Law, or even a "soft" subject like History or English, where there is no competition from immigrants. It's called Comparative Advantage. If the good Prof had studied a soft subject like Economics, he might have heard of it.
Why would a company which sells mostly non-tangible products need a showroom? Their few tangible products include £199 tablets, £299 phones, the $1,500 Glass beta product, and maybe in future some self-driving cars. The first two don't have the added value to justify the cost of the boat; the Glass might at that price, but presumably the final price will be significantly lower; and the cars need an open road for test drives.
In short, I don't believe it's a showroom.
The Apple app store has a great many more tablet-friendly apps than the Google Play store. That seems to be a deciding factor for many people.
Ribboned for your pleasure
Sounds just like Microsoft Office 2007 and the Ribbon. Cue lots of angry users.
In any sufficiently large team, there is usually a snarky comment like "Well, I wouldn't have written it like that, so I've had to insert this hack to make it work. Thanks a bunch."
That's one of the more polite variants. Team morale is the first casualty.
Could it be 3G/4G tablet buyers taking £10/mo data contracts? (Hah, as if it would be that cheap in the USA. )
"The technology strips out referring URLs across domains to protect its users' privacy."
That'll break a fair few websites, based on my experience on having tried to disable it before.
But for how long?
Wokingham Borough is indeed home to many techies, with the likes of Microsoft and Oracle nearby; but it's not a hub of innovation. Those dinosaurs arrived in the 1980s and 1990s at a time when London was considered a dangerous urban wasteland with poor schools and high crime. Today's dynamic tech companies (Google, Facebook, even the likes of LastMinute.com) choose offices in central London, and their staff seem to prefer London living to the comparative delights of suburban Berkshire.
Tablets shrinking, not phones growing?
Perhaps the long-term goal is to install WinRT on phones, not WinPho on tablets. Advances in mobile CPU technology mean that today's phones are already more powerful than yesterday's tablets. I seem to recall reading that WinPho wasn't designed for multi-core processors, at least in the beginning. It may just be a matter of WinRT being the better architecture.
Of course all this means that WinPho 9 or 10 won't be backward-compatible with 8, but that hasn't stopped MS before.
So does this mean that after 2030 we're back to Indian summers and the re-opening of the northwest and northeast passages?
Follow the money
"budgets are tight and graduates continue to favour other careers"
Graduates favour other careers if they pay better (and/or offer better job security). This sounds like a standard case of companies complaining that they can't hire George Jetson on a Fred Flintstone salary.
No discernible utility?
Perhaps the curves help it fit in the pocket better, wrapped around one's thigh.
Parallels with blood donors
Paying the creators could backfire spectacularly. Like blood donors, many current editors contribute because they feel it's the right thing to do, not because they're paid for it. Where paid blood donations have been trialled, the quality of donated blood drops precipitously as all the petty drug users discover a quick way to make a few bucks, and the quality donors drop out because it no longer has any cachet.
At least this one has an Ethernet socket, unlike the late-2012 onward MacBooks. In many respects the mid-2012 MacBook was the last decent one, being equipped with a DVD drive, a proper hard drive, and an Ethernet port.
A question of trust
The world has changed since 1983. Today, the vast majority of users aren't computing experts. Everything is connected to the wild internet. We manage our bank accounts and our credit cards online, while bad guys try to steal our login credentials. Dodgy apps can be installed with couple of clicks ("yes, I grant key-logging permissions to FreeCandyCrush4U"). It's impossible for end users to know who to trust; so unsurprisingly they default to trusting only apps approved by Apple / Google / Amazon.
Solve that trust issue, and you might make inroads into freer software.
Re: I'm impressed
I'm impressed, and somewhat skeptical. If you can type your thoughts linearly then a small screen is fine (even a typewriter will work); but if you're the kind of person who regularly goes back to edit, to make changes to what you've just written, then the iPhone is terrible.
Maybe us young folk just are too accustomed to being able to go back and make changes.
It feels wrong to call anything the WOS if it didn't involve Steve Wozniak.
Re: Don't gloat too hard
That's not how business works. If Adobe went bankrupt, the viable parts of the business (such as your DRM division) would be sold to the highest bidder.
"poor negotiating capability"
No kidding. Government buyers are inherently poor negotiators, because unlike the seller, the buying civil servant isn't on commission and doesn't have his career on the line. There's no obvious solution to this issue.
Yep, it's only useful if the service that you're connecting to doesn't require the latest app.
Might be good for games and the like, which aren't dependent on a server.
"The power of SIM applications is that they run on any GSM phone."
Will they run on an iPhone?
(Not that you'd want to, but I somehow can't picture it working.)
Or just add a $35 Chromecast stick in the back of any screen, job done. The on-going problem with smart TVs is that the "smart" part is out of date long before the display. Case in point: at home I have a flat screen full HD TV from 2007; but I'd barely consider using a laptop from that era, let alone a smartphone.
The only rational way to allocate visas
The only rational way to allocate visas is as follows:
1) Decide how many visas we want to issue in a year (let's say 120,000)
2) Auction them off to the highest bidders (at 10,000 a month)
No more so-called "competent bodies" arranging visas for their best mate from down under. No more haphazard point systems, or lists of "high demand" occupations. Most importantly of all, let's put an end to companies claiming that they can't possibly compete if they have to pay their employees a reasonable wage.
It doesn't matter whether you're hiring a Bangladeshi chef or an Indian programmer or a Ukrainian scientist: if they aren't going to earn enough to make the cost of the visa worthwhile, then you don't get to bring them in.
Like Henry Ford said....
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
This drive is a very fast horse in a world of Model T flash storage.
Re: Best Tablet in the World?
Even if he had bought a £400 crapbook instead of a £1,000 MacBook, that still only covers a month's rent.
Welcome to the real world
If you slag off the restaurant you're eating in, don't be surprised if the chef spits in your food. What did he expect, a standing ovation?
Close but no cigar
What CAD users really want is a giant touchscreen that can tilt from 0° to 90° and everything in between, just like a traditional architects drafting table. Something like the Samsung SC770, only more rugged and able to withstand coffee spills and bashes from claw-handed engineers.
Time to short Intel?
I can't see Intel's high profit margins surviving with this pattern. As pointed out in other stories today, buyers are shifting from quality (faster chips) to quantity (cheaper chips). CPUs are becoming a commodity. We see this both in the server market, where Google/Amazon/Facebook's vast data centres rely on huge numbers of cheap commodity chips, and in the consumer market, where buyers are snapping up cheap new ARM tablets and clinging on to their old Intel laptops for as long as possible.
Developers are complicit in this: they are coding for low-spec computers, rather than the old habit of coding for tomorrow's desktops and forcing the user to upgrade. A website designed for iPad users will run very smoothly on even a four year-old PC. The need to upgrade is weaker than it has ever been in the past three decades.
Faced with cheap ARM chips entering the server market, and ARM-powered Chromebooks in the consumer market, how can Intel's high margins possibly survive?
Re: HDMI stick potential
Doesn't need to run Windows. Having x86 opens up a lot of Linux variants; there are fewer options on ARM.
HDMI stick potential
Sounds like a good candidate for one of those HDMI sticks (à la Chromecast) that are popping up everywhere. Given that the current crop of Android dongles are primarily let down by the OS, I look forward to seeing x86 dongles with a choice of OS.
Re: I've a 300 baud acoustic coupler in the cupboard.
No, that's just security-through-obscurity. It'll work for a short while, until they figure out what you've done, then it's worse than useless because it's still giving you the illusion of security while in fact being wide open.
Re: Use once pads
But if you can securely exchange the name of the DVD, then you could just exchange a password; or even the whole thing.
What about borders?
I get the part about securing your private key on a thumb drive. But what happens when you need to cross a border, yet you need to bring your private key with you so that you can continue to communicate securely when you're in another country? How do you smuggle your private key across the border?
If it's just for checking his emails, isn't dial-up a suitable option?
They do it on purpose
A lot of psychology goes into game design. They know that people don't like spending money too often, so they make you buy one large bag of Smurfberries instead of several smaller purchases of the actual things you need. They know that people seek out value for money, which is why the jumbo bag of Smurfberries costs $9.99 for 1,350 berries, while the smaller bag costs $0.99 for 100 berries. They use awkward numbers like 1,350 to prevent you from making comparisons too easily. There's the old slot-machine favourite, "insert 50p to keep playing" after your character dies. The developers get realtime feedback on how many players are paying or quitting at each point in the game, so they can fine-tune the experience and squeeze the maximum cash from you.
More excellent insights can be found in the article "The Top F2P [Free-to-Play] Monetization Tricks":
I still haven't fully grasped the point of the QOTW articles. Smells like click-bait. My mother always said, if you have nothing to say, then don't say anything.....
Even Windows 3.x had those four colours.....
LTE / 4G
What about the LTE / 4G version?
Yet another reason why I'm glad I stuck to iOS 5. No messing around with my Google Maps!
"Suppliers charge what the market can afford"
Only monopolists or oligopolists can get away with that.
Look at e.g. the oil market. Buyers in the UK can afford a higher price for oil, yet miraculously we pay the same price (excl. tax) for oil as the Latvians. That's because oil is fungible and is traded in a competitive, market. Phone minutes/texts/data are fungible too, so the market should be just as competitive.
One way to ensure a competitive market would be to allow users to change network instantly, e.g. via a setting in their phones. Within no time at all the price of minutes, texts, and data would tumble to just above cost price.
Re: This law
No, the law exists to keep prostitutes off the streets and in licenced "massage parlours". Local residents are generally opposed to seeing ladies of the night hawking their flesh on the streets. Probably because they lower house prices.
Re: No shit, Sherlock!
How are they using the data?
Like many, I wasn't that surprised by the revelations that US spooks had access to Gmail, Facebook, Amazon, etc. What I'd really like to know is how they are using that data. Is it just the anti-terrorist branch that has access, or is it the IRS, the child support agency (if they have one), and every local police officer? Are the NSA passing on industrial secrets to big companies?
Also, is information gleaned in this way admissible in court? Can the NSA point to your PDF e-book of "How to Make Bombs and Injure People" and use that as evidence that you're a terrorist?
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