111 posts • joined Tuesday 29th March 2011 15:54 GMT
>An Ubuntu article and NO comments trashing Unity yet.
Pointless really, the migrating Ubuntu desktop userbase speaks for itself.....Ubuntu users on the whole aren't that vocal - most just sigh and move on - for most it was a free lunch not a lifestyle choice..
To me his comments confirm Canonical are betting on hardware and users that don't exist - as with Vista it's another huge lost opportunity while MS tread water for a year painting Win 8 blue.
Competing with Android? Persuading manufacturers to ship Ubuntu TVs? a phone OS? That's a Lost plot if ever I saw one...
Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before
>Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.
....they're aiming for more user-friendly rather than improved per se - it feels simpler and has some nice (possibly even vaguely safe) features for folk who need a gui for administrative file management.
.... the issue list is legion, so I think it's disingenuous to imply they are not hammering this - it's also kind of a tricky undertaking - cf Windows explorer which still can't keep directory listings fresh, estimate transfer time or prompt for conflict intervention in advance despite several million hours of developer time.
>'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.
Probably true, it feels minimalist and lacks the 'Aero' gloss of recent Windows, but the vast majority of new Mint users are escaping Unity/Ubuntu - and it really is exactly what they want.
no static at all
>Donald Fagan's "The Nightfly" on 180g vinyl via my hot-rodded Pro-Ject Debut III turntable through a Creek Evolution 2 amp into the AKG cans
These days I couldn't tell the difference - 25 years of headphone use probably a serious factor.
....... does the vinyl really compare favourably to the digi remastered Nightfly - it's in 5:1 DTS - existence of which is a further reason to eschew headphones.
Re: Variety is the spice of life...
>I remember when I was at school (a long while back now) - all our machines ran Win3.0
When I was at school we had a Pet - total time I spent on it was probably about an hour, and most of that was copying out listings.....similarily a book with a solution took a week to arrive and couldn't leave the reference library. These days I somehow struggle by.
>To gamble everything on Microsoft in the current environment is crazy.
It's not a gamble, it doesn't matter. Buy the cheapest thing that works, doesn't fall to bits in a month or when you drop it - and spend the money you save on Maths and English teachers so kids are equipped to handle an O'Reilly text or Stack Overflow.
Young developers and engineers are moulded through hours of slog in bedrooms not in 40 minute weekly ICT lessons or ten minutes of data handling and WP bolted on to other subjects here and there.
Re: Why the subtitle?
>Oh well that's it then if 20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest.
.... wasn't refering to sales - that's next year's story - rather the polar shift in the position of public & media on Apple - both of which increasingly define iPhone in terms of iOS6 Maps, SIRI, iPhone signal drops etc
I think the 2 or 3 minute TNS sketch was a quite accurate summary of current real world view of Apple - and it was written by group of largely iPhone owners - being R4 I'd expect a high rate of ownershp in the studio audience too and they were laughing not booing.
>20 minutes on BBC radio have the impact you suggest
I think a lot of people underestimate the impact of R4 - its not so much how many listen, but who listens.
Re: Why the subtitle?
>I can understand fanboyism from commenters but the sour grapes doesn't look very good coming from a supposedly professional IT journo.
Tonight's Now Show - BBC R4 [20 mins or so in] - just demolished the iPhone and iOS6 - not exactly a hot bed of technical evangelism. Apple's free ride in the media is definitely over, don't kid yourself it's a Register thing.
Re: Let me get this right
>Unless that company is already doing the right thing and paying the licence fee.
>Not every company has the morals of Apple you know!!!
Doubtless many do or reach agreements - but this if this is the same Larry Horn of MPEG_LA, Apple are also using him to play the other side of the coin when it suits.
>@Random Handle, it is pretty easily verifiable that Starbucks stores are virtually never run as franchises anywhere in the world...
Really? I thought a third of UK Starbucks outlets were now run by Euro Garages? ...also know that Magic Johnson owned over a hundred Starbucks franchises at one point.....and my local Starbucks is owned by a guy called Phil, who thinks he's going to go bust.
>Costa doesn't charge any more than Starbucks, but they are paying their taxes.
Trifling detail, but Starbucks are usually run as franchises, so it is the coffee shop owner (not Starbucks) who pays tax on a particular shop's profits.
Got to feel kind of sorry for the poor sods who put up a few hundred K of their cash to open one, only to find they are now being boycotted by people who don't understand the business model.
"Terry Guo is in talks with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a program in which US engineers would travel to Taiwan or China to study design and manufacturing techniques"
How times have changed......
Re: I've got two 7's and no fruit
>All the other kids laughed and filmed it on their iPhones.
Take it you don't know many teenagers - owning an iPhone has attracted derision since at least version 4.....kind of a bit like a technological zimmer.
Re: Something Does Not Add UP
>A few months back Samsung plunked down a few Billions for either New or Expanded facilities in Texas. We were told that this was to build Apple chips
They put in another $4 billion in August, tripling investment to-date - journo's made the leap to Apple, but it's memory they're focussed on.
Re: From what i read on BBC...
>Back in your box, pedant.
Nah, free him!
8 fingers, 2 thumbs - 8 digits, 2 polex - 30 phalanges.
Re: It's not cool to bash IE...
>I personally bash IE because I am sick of the amount of extra time it takes to build a website
Really? be careful what you wish for - the great thing about browser and now HTML5 fragmentation is the extra work and money. Write once, run anywhere, earn half.
>Did any-one really expect the American jury to find in favour of a Korean company?
It wasn't beyond the realms of possibility - and it's important to remember that the jury weren't allowed to see much of Samsung's evidence.
>While Microsoft and Apple have one decent GUI system that works as you learn to use it, rather than change the GUI to work how you want.
SharpEnviro? (AstonShell-ish) Plenty of really sweet Windows shell replacements - getting your head round them now should be an integral part of your Window 8 upgrade planning.
Re: we try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential
>Normally Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened
Normally people in EU bought them on fairly substantial credit agreements in a state of semi-denial, whittering about operator subsidy. For many of the rest, the last couple of iPhones are probably still circling albatross on a CC balance somewhere....
...truth is, like most remarkable consumer growth it was fueled by borrowing.....
Re: Don't think Samsung will be too upset...
>Their business model relies on that.
Not all that much really, profit from US sales of the Nexus is a drop in the ocean compared to what Samsung make from iPad and iPhone.
Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"
>Apparently our good Takei is *not* Shatner's biggest fan
They're very good friends actually. Probably hard to be Shatner's biggest fan - and whoever it is, is way beyond scary.
Re: @Kevin7 - Is there really...
>Just like there is a likewise unsaturable market for similarly priced handbags...........goods that the vast majority of the population doesn't really need and only buys because....
Past tense required, you're describing a consumer boom - now credit and disposable income no longer flow so freely. Its a bad time to be selling tablets, but a much worse time to be flogging fashion handbags......
>Is there really an endless market for 400+ quid devices that refresh yearly with few operator subsidies or cheap contracts?
Not in the EU - in fact here operators are bracing for the impact of huge numbers of defaults on Credit Agreements for high end phones and tablets....likewise the downward spiraling credit scores of the unwashed masses is impacting directly on new pay monthly contracts.
Re: Quote in Euros
Nah I'm sticking with Sterling - at least until the Deutsche Mark is back up and running.
Yet another very good reason not to be with Orange then.
Both ours do - Vodafone and T-Mobile....and as Orange operate in countries where they have to be able to block them by law, they can certainly do it when they have to...
>I'd settle for an option on my OS to disable sending Premium-rate SMSs.
...your telco will block access to premium rate services including SMSs on any handset....
Re: Can anyone give a clear text ...
>Is this a joke? You are saying that pupils have to be taught how to type words in to a computer? Are you from the past?
...its much worse than that, my other half actually has to teach them words; 5 year olds have practically no initiative these days...
Re: @Jason Hindle
I guess he's referring to Apple's Ad Hoc and Enterprise Distribution methods for Apps which aren't publically distributed - these don't have the same level of scrutiny and aren't subject to non-compete clauses etc
>I'd like to see the BBC buy that as a shining example of local content
Welkum t'uh Click, Yorkshh 'dition.
Ahm Spencer Keighley, bringin thee all t'pewter and t'internet news from reet round region...
>Reg doesn't apply the term to these companies
God forbid...imagine the outpouring of piss and vinegar from the cult of button encrusted mice, if El Reg dared to suggest Logitech were a Foxconn rebrander.
Re: You've got to laugh.
...my first thought was I bet they got him with, "you know what is cool?... a billion dollars".
Still, its nice work if you can get it.
Re: Can Anna Leach
>stop now with the rather stupid 'Foxconn rebrander' description.?
I also object to this - they mostly are rebranding Samsung kit these days.
>if you stopped juvenile idots posting there would hardly be any comments at all.
I had to look idot up, must be getting old:
Re: Straw clutching
>I've still never understood why Sky is such a success though.
.....because people like live sports, new films and slick shows from HBO and you won't be able to watch the latter on Freeview for at least another couple of years.
>But if the longshot is that we now have Freeview as a result of all this then it may have worked out for the best for most UK TV consumers.
Freeview is the bare minimum for folk who don't watch a lot of TV - vast numbers were quite happy with 5 analogue channels, its probably perfect for them - assuming they can receive it.
>You pay £500 a year for it's sports and movies and yet it still shows adverts
Can't say I notice, commercial breaks are removed from Anytime and Anytime+ and at least half the broadcast stuff I watch is recorded - for eveything else there's live pause....and while I pay around that for 2 HD boxes, I don't think most people do.
Re: @ Nergatron
>there seems to be a newer version of this tech called 'Ultra High Aperture'
Never mind the quality, feel the width.
Re: @ Mahatma Coat
>Cameron became PM because that's the way the system currently works. Don't like it?
In practice it makes little difference to me. I was simply pointing out that the current Government was formed, not elected. Describing Cameron as an elected PM implies he has a mandate.
Re: Quoth Twain: 'Lies, damned lies, and statistics'
86.7% of people believe this to be so, but in that form it was actually Lord Courtney - and he was ripping off Sir Charles Dilke's original 'There are three degrees of untruth,—a fib, a lie, and statistics'.
Stick with it
It reflects the prevalent British attitude towards folk with intellectual/learning disabilities well.........and that's not me being snide or 'right-on' I really do mean it.
While you're tweaking RegSpeak, I suggest you expand the theme:
'Fanboi' could be replaced with 'Mac Mong', 'fandroids' could become 'Droid Deacons' and as 'troll' really lacks distinctiveness, 'spazz' might fit the bill.
If you seriously think it doesn't matter, spend a few minutes on http://www.respond.org.uk/ or read Living in Fear from Mencap, bit old now but nothing has changed all that much.
>were actually involved in making some two of the first Apple II clones
ASUS manufactured the MacBook Pro for Apple, but lost the contract to Quanta a couple of years ago
>So how was Asus able to release ICS on their Transformer Prime tablet, released in the US less than a month later?
Nvidia & ASUS developers had been working on the build for several months prior to November which was the public release. Its hardly news that OHA partners get the code [and contrib] earlier.
What about the 'Simon' - back when IBM used to cook with gas. Touchscreen smartphone which also did fax, pager & basic PDA stuff - and was launched in 1992.
>"Ironbridge - The birthplace of industry"
In all the tourist pamphlets maybe...Oswaldtwistle is where the Spinning Jenny [the first industrial machine] was developed.
Cloth, mostly wooden machines and water powered engines was where it began and massive mills were in operation long before Darby.