40 posts • joined Tuesday 1st February 2011 15:49 GMT
I'm a bit worried about the more frequent use of the term 'user experience' in Google's PR speak lately (as in the update in the OP). I associate that with unsavvy marketing management types, Microserfs mostly. I hope it's not a bad sign.
Even more doubting IT decision makers will start looking into open solutions after this news. Apparently MS is seriously in decline and if you are responsible for the future IT in your company you'd better start looking for alternatives soon.
Whatever goodwill was left has evaporated now.
Re: Set up Switch-to-Open Source government projects
Re: Munich, as someone said earlier, this is a government project, so the fact that it even resulted in something is a huge succes. This was a first off at this level, and they even saved money immediately, let alone in the long run. Not being dependant on M$ extortion is a huge benefit for the future.
Re: More non-news about A$$nut.
Matt, your confused rambling shows an unclear mind. Maybe you do not understand that the rape-trial IS BECAUSE the US wants him? Obvious for most people but you sound a bit foggy.
Would be interesting to know how many lower echelon technicians already warned about this issue but were ignored and told to stay quiet. One email with that implication could cost a few billion to M$.
The whole point of the Galaxy releases is that at the date of release there IS no alternative. The review shows only 1 or 2 available devices. And waiting for the next iPhone is moot as usual, since by then there will be at least 10 devices that have progressed beyond. There is always a next iPhone and it is always hardly better than before and iOS is so tiring and dusty already.
So now and in the future a guy in the US decides how much device-choice the MP's have: none.
If you have to commit to a closed platform, then why to a hardware platform with no diversity at all, instead of a true data platform with 100's of possible devices running it.
Btw, the name Nostromo is brilliant in itself (as is the ship design imo).
Nostromo is an italian word, drived from 'nostre uomo' or 'our man'. It is used as a 'buddy/mate' name by miners in Italy. Don't know if there is an english equivalent; in german and dutch it is 'kumpel' resp. 'kompel' which has about the same connotation.
I always found it a sign of Scotts perfectionism to use this dark and doomed name that still is a real existing word.
Not that strange really. There will be a need for a 3-dimensional grid and since there is no real center to the universe we probably will use Earth, or maybe our Galaxy's black hole as the center and two other galaxies to fix op the 'north' and 'west'. Position in space will probably be given in an angular notation (ascension and declination) + distance from 'center'.
So 'south of' isn't really that weird.
And I think it shows Google is still a healthy and clearheaded company that has no reality-distortion problems.
I'd say chop'm...
...is quicker then working them off. Besides a dick like you doesn't need balls.
To me this a logical addition to the Cloud services that are Google's other products. If anything, putting your tunes in the cloud was a pre-emptive copycat strike by Apple. Calling that iCloud was the polish on the turd.
Seems he tries to put Android in the same corner as the (other) Linuxes, the once so ridiculed Opensource alternative that ate their lunch in almost any market, except (maybe) desktops and some backoffice/
Instapaper, you're next..
Since @ Apple they knew the consequences of the new cache regime for companies like Instapaper, one might suspect they have no interest at all in aiding them to stay relevant. Since it is quite a succesfull app it probably means that Apple will make their own version of it or make it obsolete in another way, soon. This happened to numerous other 3rd party apps in the upgrade to iOS5.
One wonders why there is always 'an app for that'. 2 more reasons to focus on Android instead:
- normal, in-market competition for app exposure and utility (no big party that picks the cherries)
- bigger installed base, by a factor 3 at least.
I'd know where to
I hope the timing of this invertigation is a coincidence, but they also should take a deep look at other companies, eg. Apple. From what I heard Apple uses offshore companies in tax-exempt countries to buy the hardware for 10-20% and sell it to Apple-US for 90% of final retail-price. So all profit stays in the offshore companies, onwed by Apple of course.
Atos makes the software? Expect more or less hilarious f-ups.
Google, being probably one of the biggest users of this data should make their own set and open it to the public. If they get sued by the Astrolobotomized then they (Google) should leave the US, they will have to do that anyway soon.
You will only know how important 'open' and 'flexible' are in practice if you try it yourself. Let's just hope that the 'user-friendliness' of iOS doesn't spell another 2 decades of shitty public standards like Windows did 15 years ago. I see an equal danger looming and that alone is reason enough for me to avoid Apple like the plague.
Flexibility to me means I can make my tab work and look anyway I want, eg. limited like an iPad or with all kinds of dynamics. I like to make those choices myself and I need a real multitasking OS to do my daily workflow. My desktops are specifically tailored to tasksets, and I make extensive use of scrolling widgets for appointments, announcements and alerts. Granted I had to install a 3rd party desktop manager for that latter feature but at least I could do that.
And installing apps is much much easier too, also a form of flexibility that really does appeal to the masses. And of course no iTunes, the ultimate benefit.
Anyway, I sincerely think that many iFans should take a serious look at the Androids, I'm certain many won't look back.
Correct summary. It seems to me that most iSheep never even tried an Android. They should. They are build from the same chips in the same Asian factories and the OS is so much more flexible it's almost not funny.
It's like the 'help' the mobsters gave the little shopowners in 1920 Chicago by protecting them from arsonist etc...g
So it's true?
I heard this argument so often now that I surmise it to be an admittance that most Androids have better specs than the iPhone. Glad to have that established...
Worse then Tab 7?
Wow, from the article it must be that the Galaxy Tab 10 is far worse then the Tab 7, since I know several people using a Tab 7 in hardcore business AND private leisure and do things with it that a far more complicated to achieve on an iPad (if at all possible, we tried).
Imo the Tab 7 is easier and more flexible than the iPad. So what happened to the Tab 10 (if the article is right)?
These are the main misconceptions behind the whole Apple vs Android debate:
1- people do not buy an Android because it's cheaper; the best-selling Android phones and pads are at least as expensive as the Apple ones
2- people aren't 'lured' into buying an Android in spite of an Apple 'obviously' being better; for many practical ends an Android is the better choice and people know that. Maybe 2 years ago iOS had some advantage in souplesse and screen-response but not anymore. You dont buy a 500 euro device without comparing the options.
3- people don't 'fall' for a similar but badly designed Android and give up all the good things Apple has to offer; they HATE iTunes and all what its stands for. They HATE the fact that an iOS device will always be owned by mr Jobs. They hate the fact that only once every year a not-so-big update comes to the market.
On a side-note, where does the so-called advertisement business come in? I have been on Android for almost 2 years now and have yet to see targeted adds on it, except for some in-app banners when the app is free or unregistered.
That is true and in the end it is democracy that has decided thus. Still I see no reason for them to come forward in this way. Thinking of the possible purposes served only business reasons come to mind. That is unfitting for a 'trusted' intermediary like they are.
Compare this to how Twitter fought several courts to prevent being forced to deliver login-profiles of Wikileakers to the authorities.
Future of RIM
Even if RIM would have no choice if authorities demand their logs, my understanding is that they volunteered publicly in a rather holier-than-the-pope way to cooperate with police to catch the culprits. I suspect this 'helpfulnes' has more to do with impending big contract decisiions by the UK government than anything else.
Even though the looting itself can't be approved of, it gives me food for thought to see a commercial company that fulfills a public utility function handing over civilian sensitive data voluntarily just for their commercial interest.
As a potential customer I would think twice before joining their network in the future. Also, if RIM did any survey recently they would notice that their blackberry has lost most of its business target-group marketshare and, instead is now mostly bought by youths between 12 and 17. That latter target-share will not be amused by this act of helpfullnes and soon see them as an enemy. So fail for RIM imo.
How arrogant and selfish a paranoid megalomaniac do you need to be to even come up with that plan? I think this rotten Apple needs to lose this Steve more than M$ theirs. I couldn't stand him, though it was me, now enough reason to never ever buy (or recommend) anything made by that moron.
maybe better if EUR and Asian producers stopped seeing US as major client and just withdraw product lines there when they are confronted with this ridiculous IP policy.
US economy is stagnating anyway and close to the brink. Painting itself in the corner. Let's just abandon them as a market and show what real liberal capitalism looks like.
The survey says that around 30% will buy less Mac's or none at all due to the pulling of Xserve. I suppose Apple is badly surprised by this? another 20% says they 'Don't know' so a segment of those might also decide for another platform.
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