58 posts • joined Tuesday 19th April 2011 22:55 GMT
Re: dont think it's a good idea
Visionary - Steve, Steve Elop, hello, is that you?
Ordered mine from the webshop a few days ago. Waiting patiently.
As a previous N900 and then N9 owner, this is the logical progression.
Currently using a BlackBerry Z10 which also has a gesture based interface and also runs android apps, Candy Crush works perfectly thank you. ;0)
I'd still use my N9 now, but the battery is shot, and this Goosebury has enough life for a hard days work, plus it's removable.
Someone mentioned the legal premis of Laches.
Sureley if these patents have remained unchallenged for so long, then Laches applies and it's case dismissed. Nortel's creditors laugh their $4.5bn heads off as the Rockstar cartel falls flat on its face.
But I have to agree with the comments that this is a mess created by the USPTO.
Software / process patents that are vague should never be granted.
and another one..
In another shock revelation, US President Barack Obama was found to also be not resident in England so does not pay UK taxes. An outrage says the Sunday Times.
I bought a Hyundai T10 slablet a while back. I went for it for a number of reasons, it was quite fast - 1.6GHz A9 quad core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor, "gb ram, 16Gb storage with a micro SD slot for expansion, all the usual WiFi, GPS etc, but the main reason - GSM/3G connectivity. As a phone, it works just as well as any other droid device. Comes with an earphone/mic jobby, but obviously supports Bluetooth borg implants just the same, and has a HDMI output if for some reason you want to connect it to something bigger.
The battery is 6500mAh, which gives good life.
5Mp camera on the back, 0.3 on the front for webcam use.
Unlike many other slabs, it's metal (aluminium) cased.
Most are shipped with Android ICS installed, though JellyBean was released for them a while ago.
Antutu reports 15580 as it's score, which is a fair bit quicker than the Nexus 7 and 10.
The down side - it comes pre-loaded with lots of Chinese market apps which take a little getting rid of, and by default, it's set to Mandarin out of the box!
The plus side - they sell for around £220 on eBay.
They make a 7-incher, the T7 too.
There are some people on here that have as much idea about RF as this "inventor".
Having 100 transmitters connected together does not simply give you 400W. It gives you 100 4W signals.
Do you understand fourier analysis? Go work it out... Also Vsum=V1+V2=Asinωt+(-Asinωt)=0
Using one transmitter and 100 combined 36dBm amplifiers would get you 400W, but that's actually still a single 400W transmitter then and not legal.
The FCC in the US permit 30dBm (1W) into a 6dBi gain aerial for point to point links = 4W EiRP.
For general use, the FCC and the EU rules are the same = 20dBm EiRP.
Not sure if it's still the case, but France used to be 13dBm EiRP.
Nokia - RIP.
So they moved from one (two) Burning Platforms to another (WinPho8) which has torched the company value and led them to this.
The investors that have stuck by Nokia will no doubt be big funds that will be waiting to cash in their chips for a profit. Now they'll be looking to cut their losses and take whatever Redmond offers - OR they'll reject it, kick Elop out and turn the ship in a different direction.
Maybe Carl Icahn could step in and help rescue Nokia??????
I give them two years tops, and they'll all need a "Jolla".
I'm going to patent 'The use of a generic word, phrase, or name for.the purpose of product or service naming or identification or branding, including the use of one or more words abbreviated, reduced, reversed, or converted into an anagram such as it/they may be joined together, preceeded by, or folllowed by, with or without any form of punctuation mark..
just going to file that and get the lawyers on the phone.
I'm also going to patent 'The use of fruit to name a company, product, or service.'
Here's a plan....
Here's the plan.
Big Bill appoints Eflop as Ballsupmores replacement.
M$ shares plummet dramatically as Marc Dillon is appointed as Nokia's new CEO. Nokia's shares surge dramatically as they announce new phones running Android and more importantly - Jolla's OS Sailfish - which brings about Nokia's worth overtaking M$, leading to Nokia buying a majority stake M$ and Dillon temporarily taking over control of Redmond.
Marc Dillon issues a memo/email to all M$ staff, talking of "Burning Platforms" - WindowsRT and Windows Phone 8 are immediately dropped, Windows development is turned towards Linux.
Bye Bye Ballsy
So, he's gone. And the stock market like it (that says a lot!)
Dear Nokia - read and learn.
Sherlock because, well just because!
It's all about taxation
AGW is all about taxation - it's a socialists dream, a cockamamy excuse to raise revenue to blow on jobs for the boys.
Real climate change is about understanding the changes to our planet brought about by the changes in sea currents, which in turn are affected by tectonic movements, and thus affect the air currents (Jet Stream etc), and so our weather is affected.
The lemmings should stop looking at short term data and look at the proper long term data to see the cycles which show that it's been warmer, and it's been colder too.
What they, the policy makers, should be concentrating on, is adapting to climate change, rather than acting like King Canute sitting on his throne on the beach commanding the waves to go back!
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.
The way I see it - the original model used data going back to 1911, the "new" model uses data over a much narrower period.
Surely using a wider range of data produces a broader more stable model, and thus the new model is flawed and potentially inaccurate. It hardly covers one solar cycle.
I have no doubt that the earth's climate is changing, but I refuse to believe that the change is as man-made as the climatologists maintain. Only recently we heard that the sea bed was changing due to tectonic movements, and this will change under-sea currents which in turn changes sea temperatures, which changes atmospheric temperatures etc.... There's a lot more to the climate than "we're all doomed because of our carbon footprint".
Only recently, the Canadian govt released data which showed the northern polar ice sheet grew by over 11M sq.Km this last winter - the highest level for many years, and the trend in the data is increasing, not decreasing. The Antarctic ice sheet is growing, and the scientists are baffled because their computer models said that it must be melting and everyone will die.
Sorry WOPR got it wrong. Mother Nature is throwing a curved ball just as it's done for millions of years.
What is a fact is that the human population is growing at an exponential rate and nothing is being done to stem the unsustainable growth in the amount of us draining the planets finite resources. The religious zealots all over the world would have us breeding like rabbits to increase their flocks, without for once thinking about where we're all going to live, and what we're going to eat in the future.
Re: "four-cylinder Mopar A4 Midget racing engine"
Uh yes - http://speeddemon.us/i/HRDP-081000-DEMON.pdf
Smartphones? Is that it?
All these anal-ists talk about is Nokia's smartphone sales being not up to much.
Their Featurephone sales are doing quite well, and that's bread & butter income - along with that from NSN.
I can see Nokia quietly assisting Jolla in bringing hardware to the market, if they do, we'll get phones with good RF performance, and a nice smart UI.
I'm on my "last" Nokia at the moment - a N9, it's RF performance beats wifey's Samsung S3 dramatically. We're on the same network, and I often have 1-2 bars on the display with 3G (where available) data, where hers has no service. The only Nokia I've ever had my hands on that didn't perform well "on air" is the E7-00.
Hopefully Mr Elop will leave Nokia soon and someone with guts and drive will return the great ship Nokia back to it's proper course.
Sorry can you call back...
I've seen a couple of good spoof answers for their calls... if you get the silent pause before you hear background noise of the call centre (just before they speak), whisper quietly - "It's done, but there's blood everywhere", then hang up.
Alternatively, (when they call you on your mobile phone)(this is for the UK) "Sorry, the phone's going dead on my mobile, can you call me back on my landline" giving them a number of of the ICO, or Ofcom, or on my case - the direct line to the local Police control room (which I just happened to have), and I gave him my name as "Oscar Wun" - "Make sure you ask for me directly it's Oscar Wun".
Beardy band users? No - wrong stereotype.
Actually, you'll find the bearded Arran sweater types on HF, the microwave bands are exclusively for those with half moon glasses and proper hand tied bow ties (not yer cheap clip-on's, that's 70cm) - how could you not know that! This is boffin territory - this is where the bleeding edge development is done, the area where experimentation is the key to amateur radio use of the spectrum.
It is inevitable that Amateur Radio will lose spectrum to commercial users in the 2GHz and up region because that's where the bandwidth is that will allow the networks to provide the super fast mobile broadband that people allegedly want, because they want it now!
4G on sub 1GHz is going to be about "low" speed data, but longer range (to ensure the country is covered fully), 4G on 2GHz and up will be about high speed high bandwidth.
2-3GHz is still in the area where equipment can be made to work well and cheaply. When you go further up precision becomes more and more important as wavelength becomes millimetric, and that costs £££ that the consumer wear, and will make infrastructure hellishly expensive.
If you read the consultation from Ofcom fully, they have covered most angles in their options.
The phrase "use it or lose it" doesn't come into this conversation - it wasn't "ours" in the first place, we were just allowed to park there for a while.
And finally - increased spectrum at 146-148 and in the lowband area is unlikely UK wide as the Scottish Parliament haven't released it - apparently they're still using it for their emergency services (who all moved to Airwave years ago!!) - and their "Spectrum Manager" is a radio ham too which I find puzzling.
Wonder if the Roman Senate had this same debate when the temperature rose during their heyday? "It's all those hot baths causing it Centurion!" So, they stopped washing, died out, and we were left with the dirty smelly Medieval period where we had a mini ice age. What the hell caused that?
All this talk of "We must STOP Global Warming". Well you won't. it's like trying to cap an active volcano with a bit of tissue paper.
We should prepare to live with the change in the climate. But we can't, because our population is growing so fast that we won't have enough space for everyone to fit in or feed ourselves in about 100 years the way we're going. Only China seems to have a grip on it's population issues.
NASA recently published a report that showed the increased levels in CO2 in the upper atmosphere actually reflected more solar heat away from the planet, leading to a cooling effect.
There has been a clear up and down cycle in the climate for millions of years, ever since Apple patented it (had to get that one in), and this will continue. The tectonic plates will move, some land will rise, some will fall, islands will appear, islands will disappear. It's life.
Arqiva is what's left of the ntl: debacle that was Cabletel who went of a buying spree, buying everything telecoms related, including the IBA sites, all of the old Philips radio sites, DTELS (the privatised Home Office telecoms division), creating a monster that encompassed cable, broadcast, and public safety infrastructure & services. ntl: went into Chaper 11 insolvency when their loans were up, and they hadn't made enough money to pay them back, so it was split up into two sections. One bit (the cable side) became Virgin Media, the other bit was bought by Macquarie (an Australian investment bank) to form Arqiva.
Now the BBC's transmitter sites had been bought by the Americans (Crown Castle), who were also in the doo doo, so they sold them to NGW. Now, NGW was the conglomeration of National Grid and British Gas's communications site business. That left the UK with two big players in the marketplace. There were others also swallowed by Arqiva - including Eastern Group Telecom - who owned many radio sites in the East of England.
Then Arqiva had a good idea (for them, not the market) to merge their business with NGW forming something pretty close to a monopoly in the market.
Because they own pretty much every decent radio site in the country, Private Business Radio has suffered a decline as companies cannot afford either Arqivas high rents, or their restrictive site access practices (which costs even more per year in "accreditation" fees.
The matter of them not paying any tax - well what did you expect - they're owned by a Bank, backed by pension funds from Australia (owned/managed by Macquarie) and Canada. They have no profit because its all used to pay the interest on their loans.
Now don't mention Airwave - the network provider for the Emergency Services - also owned by Macquarie..... they don't make any money either (profit) as all of their money has to go to pay off loans.....
Re: Daft Question
Not coming this way guv. It won't affect us.
At last scientists are shouting loud enough that it is dear old Sol that controls our planets climate, and is f. all to do with people driving SUV's, burning coal, etc....
Perhaps the "Warmists" will shut up and they can remove all of the tax burden that we're suffering to help stave off climate change. Stop wasting BILLIONS on studies and other rhetoric relating to our "Carbon Footprint", and just get the hell on with life.
The correct action shouldn't be "Stop Climate Change" but "Adapt for Climate Change" because it's going to happen, regardless of whether the Greens get us to return to the Stone Age.
They could always send a shuttle up to do a clean-up job, bring back the scrap and weigh it in to cover the costs....
More than likely that all that carbon tax was wrong....
So they got their numbers wrong, impending doom isn't impending anymore. NASA recently released a report stating that the increased level of CO2 in the atmosphere was responsible for reducing the atmospheric temperature by reflecting more solar power back into space.... Ya can't win!
But all these studies never declare the "Roman Warming Period" where temperatures rose much more than they are today, and oddly enough, their chariots didn't belch fumes, but then again, perhaps they did because there was the Medieval Mini-IceAge which must have been brought about by those nasty polluting toga wearers from Rome.
Looking at the ice cores, we can see that Mother Earth's climate rises and falls, and newer solar data, and other geological seismic data show similar patterns which to my simple mind tells me that it's not us, it's the sun at the root of all evil, and to save ourselves it must be put out! ;)
Political hype of climate change has been nothing more than a reason to tax and restrict the population more and more. Socialism had been in decline for some time, now it's back with new clothes.
I wonder which major oil company funded this "Thinktank"???
The main issue to mother earth is it's population. And while there is uncontrolled population growth, there will be an increased demand for energy and food. Due to natural market forces, this is a supply and demand market, that will lead to increases in commodity prices since there is a reduced amount of resource, per capita, available. How do you increase that per capita resource - 1. increase the size of the planet to accommodate the growing population or 2 - stop the population growth/reduce the population.
A draconian Chinese style "one family one child" rule globally would help, though it would upset many of the worlds religions who promote ridiculous ideas about family.
The best solution, if you want to help the planet by reducing consumption of natural resources is to simply stop breathing!
In these days of tightening belts, I'm going to through the process of replacing the servers in my cellar with Raspberry Pi's!!! Do I need a multi-processor uber-server to run BIND, or DHCP, or even the mail/web servers? Nope.
According to my reckoning, when I'm done I'll have 4 x Pi's doing all of the work that 2 x IBM dual quad-core-operteron servers are currently doing. Yeah they'll be slower, but they'll be muchos quieter, and instead of sitting there drawing 300W each, they'll be using a total of about 30W, and silently. In a much smaller enclosure.
That's not to mention the 2 x P4 boxed providing firewall, asterisk, and other servers which will also be covered by the 4 x Pi's.
If I'm careful, I may be able to reduce it to 2 x Pi's!!
All that money I'm going to save!! Bigger beer budget!! Has to be good.
AND I could reduce the size of the UPS - or just live in the smugness that my servers will keep running for a couple of days on battery, instead of about 4 hours for the existing setup.
Never mind the quality, feel the width..
If, say by previous example, it requires 3Mbit/s for watchable reasonable quality IPTV, given the number of TV's in the UK on at any one given time, doing it wirelessly via LTE etc would require more spectrum than there is currently available if you remove every other user from it. If you approximate it to 40 million TV sets, all requiring their own feeds, that's 1.2Tbit/s of bandwidth, in radio terms you'll need about two to three times the amount of RF spectrum vs the data rate, so we'll call it 3.6THz of spectrum.
And that's more efficient than a couple of hundred MHz of broadcast bandwidth?
The 700MHz issue is another international one that Ofsod have to sort out, there are the beginnings of an international level agreement to utilise that spectrum for a global public safety/disaster relief service that will be common, and the money is on it being a TETRA stack over LTE.
In some ways, the DVB-T guys missed a trick in the way they wrote the code for the TV receivers. They should have done it like RDS where the RX looks for the best signal for any given broadcaster channel, and uses it. DAB works that way too. So if you're driving around and run out of the range of one transmitter, it'll have found the next one and seamlessly moves you over to it. Now had they done that with TV, they could defragment the spectrum seamlessly without having to keep asking people to re-tune their receivers. You just put up the new TX, then turn down the power on the old one so the receiver seamlessly retunes to the best signal - the new one. They could then clear the spectrum much easier and quicker without having to spend a million or two having "planning consultations" - just simply allocate the new TX frequencies, tell Arqiva to get on with it, let us know when it's done, rather than "it'll take until 2018 to do it" which is utter crap.
No BBC iPlayer??
As for 70,000 apps, yes I need them all, every single last one of them. Never mind the quality, feel the width!
Some else posted on here - to find the number of actually useful apps, divide the total number of apps by 1000.
Surfing through the Google Play Store - I was looking for a particular app, and found over 30 of the type that I wanted, ranging from one star rating to five star. Some free, some not so free.
I don't for one minute think that BB will regain their market share, but I'm sure that this device will reverse their slide into obscurity, and they'll regain some ground where BYOD has taken people to other devices that had apps that BB didn't (but now do!).
The current price of the Z10 may look high compared to the S3, but the S3 has fallen in price since it's launch, and I have no doubt that the Z10 will fall in price as supply ramps up and other models come out.
You just can't!
You can't please all of the people all of the time!
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
---- Yes John, absolutely..
Other than the state generated virii for "their" purposes, does anyone wonder if many of the anti-virus companies actually write the bloody things to self perpetuate their income?
Thankfully my PDP8 isn't affected by these Windows/XML/HMTL/FLASH/etc.. critters. Though it did all go horribly wrong when some numpty used an A4 Hole Punch on one of my paper tapes the other week by mistake.
I've had my N9 for quite a while now, and compared to my wife's Galaxy SIII, I prefer the N9's UI.
But that's because I'm used to it - just simply double tapping it to wake it up, and a swipe to do most things.
Jolla is taking some of that a step further.
The N9s multi-tasking is superb compared to most if not all phones on sale at the same time that it was released, and many released after it. It's a jewel in Nokias fallen crown, which has been replaced by monkey metal stars.
I look forward to Jolla's first phone, or the first phone to run Sailfish should I say.
As for the similarity to BB10, my opinion is that BB10 is similar to MeeGo/Mer/Nemo. And that looks good too. I hope it reverses their fortunes.
As usual, this isn't the full story.
There is an international agreement on the table to use 700MHz for emergency communications/disaster relief, such that all countries involved will have the same kit same standard, so in the event of the sh*t hitting the fan international agencies can go anywhere in the world have a network, or system (of sorts) that works and is interoperable. That won't take up the whole of 700MHz, but will no doubt take 2 x 10MHz chunks somewhere in the band.
The draft EU paper has been on the table for a while, and almost Ofcom-esque, Finland have announced that they will be using 700MHz for LTE.
Ofcom's shuffle of the deck to make DTV happen in the UK was a half hearted attempt, they never finished the job to defragment the spectrum, perhaps now they will. Had they done it right in the first place, there would either have been a large chunk in the 400/500MHz region (good for business radio), or 700/800MHz (good for LTE applications)
And finally to the gentleman that mentioned poor signals from Sandy Heath while he can see it - perhaps you have one of those boxes on the market that doesn't like strong signals. Living less than 1 mile away from there my original DVBT box was overloaded by the strength of the signal and required 18dB of attenuation to work. My young son has a Daewoo DTV/DVD combo that's the opposite and needs an aerial pointing at the mast to work, where my daughter's naff Tesco bought box will give a perfect picture with a screwdriver in the aerial socket!
Only quad band.
My Burning Platform Nokia is Penta-band.
It has 64Gb of storage.
It has a lighter OS that doesn't need a load of cores to make it look slick - it just is.
Now waiting for Jollaphone's release due very soon according to reports,.
Just saying, OK.
Finally how about....
Samsung increase the cost of the parts that Apple use to build their phones & fondslabs to cover the cost of the California tax = Apple 1, Samusng 2.
When you consider that Apple themselves don't actually make anything, they just badge engineer someone else's manufacturing output, they will always lose..... OK, they win in the court room, but they'll lose in the stock room, and eventually, it'll all become too much and they'll disappear up their own backside.
I'm sure there are meetings going on in Korea and China right now to right this wrong!
In fact Samsung make about 25% of every iPhone. The only thing Apple are responsible for are the design (that they copied from LG, and others) and the software. Not a lot really.
Apple patented the wheel in 1932, even though Steve Jobs thought of the idea in 639BC after discussing it with the second cousin of Ogg who decided not to continue with the concept but to carry on the development of the Ogg Super Pointy Stick (which later became the touch pen that was available for Windows with a pen in 1937)
FFS Apple are building the Great Wall of Cupertino. How long before everyone else pulls out of the US market when every case around the world (outside of Apple's paid-for back yard) has deemed there to be no copying, and then only a few infringements of patents (which are often vague and should never have been allowed). AND for Apple to be found guilty of infringing other companies patents too. Apple's bully boy suits have no clout outside of litigation land - the place where common sense is illegal because it infers self awareness!
There was a time when I liked Apple's products, but now they are build on the back of all this bullshit, I hope they follow Nokia into oblivion (perhaps they should employ Stephen Elop too)
With regards to the verdict - the Anti-Nowhere League said it all.
Apple this, Apple that,...
Regardless of all of this rhubarb about Apple's innovation, invention, or just plain ripping off other people's ideas, if Apple's marketing people spent their usual kind of budget on telling people that adding Potassium Cynanide to your early morning Latte was a great thing because Apple said so, the fanbois would do it.
Put your blinkers on and run to the light.......
Bottom line is....
Assange has been fitted up by the men in black so once he's in Sweden, they can lift him out of there to the 'States and he can have some fun with a bit of snow boarding. Well the snow may have melted so it's going to be water, but hey, what's in a word...
Isn't it odd that this Swedish "crime" came to light just after Wikileaks released the Cables?
One would have thought that Sweden would have told the US where to go in the light of what GM did to SAAB!
I have a plan.
Is there a way that we can tax this extra CO2 absorption? If not, then it's not happening, and the scientists are crackpots. Global warming will continue until the populous has been taxed sufficiently.
In reality, the planet is doing what the planet does. Ignoring what we do, and doing what the sun tells it to do via solar flares, solar geomagnetic activity, etc...
Just a snapshot - re-focussed
This information is nothing more than a re-focussed snapshot on this planets recent history. For much better information on what Mother Earth has been doing for about 400,000years, look at the ice core data.
You can clearly see that mankind has been buggering up the planet's ecosystem for hundreds of thousands of years (not!).
It's all natural and cyclic. Live with it.And while you're at it governments, stop imposing "green" taxes on us because it's NOT our fault. It is caused by a number of factors all of which are far beyond our control. All of this taxation and "carbon footprint" crap is like King Canute sitting on the beach commanding the tide to go back out!
Mother Earth knows best..
I've read the reports of many of these ice core studies, and one thing stands out clearly. The Earth's temperature rises and falls in cycles. It gets hot, it cools down, and so on.
Considering the time span found in some of the cores drilled at Vostok, for much of the time, in fact in the way of things, mankind was only (possibly or probably is not important right now) a small factor in what was found, because 100,000 years ago, we weren't a significant impact on the planet's ecosystem.
What was evident that after the peak of every rise, there was an increase in atmospheric dust, followed by a sudden and dramatic fall in temperature. One can only guess that this dust was volcanic, and we therefore went through a period of major eruptions that spewed billions of tons of pumice into the sky, blocking the sun for tens if not hundreds of years, bringing about ice-age transformations.
We could be at another peak now, or in another year or three thousand. The geologists have been discussing super-volcanoes for a while now, expecting Yellowstone to go up sometime soon (soon in Earth terms could be any time now, or again, in a few hundred, or thousand years) and when it does, they expect a "volcanic winter" to take place, with global temperature drops of anything up to 15, maybe 20 degrees due to the dust occupying the upper atmosphere and blocking most of the sun.
I have no doubt that what we - humans - do has cause an acceleration in climate change, but what we do is minor to the effect of the sun. It affects sea currents, sea currents affect the jet stream, the jet stream affects our weather patterns. Solar magnetic storms also have an effect on our own earth's core, that in turn has an effect on seismic activity, with also is inter-related to tectonic activity.
I don't for one moment think the sea is going to rise by the levels the scaremongers keep whining about. Get a glass of ice, top it up to the brim with water. Wait for the ice to melt, now see the level. It will have fallen!! We're not seeing the sea rise, we're seeing the plates FALL in some areas, where they are rising elsewhere.
And we're allowing people to debate it, and legislate against us, who are thinking of one thing only - taxation of the populous. Climate Change is the new religion. Stone the heretics. Persecute the unbelievers! Praise taxation because it's the only way we'll stop it. Now will someone give King Canute a bigger fork to push the sea back.
Here are the FACTS
Simple. We get taxed more because of it. Whatever it is. Whether or not we need it.
So are the ice core samples taken at Vostok false then? (showing temperature cycles over many many millennia?)
Just wait until Jellystone National Park erupts in the 'states. Then we shall have winter. Any time now (in Earth terms that's anytime in the next 3000 years).
I blame the dinosaurs myself, driving around in their nissans and buicks.
Re-inventing the wheel
So, they've re-invented the old "Securicor DataTrak" system which was developed by the Royal Navy, and patented :
Navigation and positioning system and method using uncoordinated beacon signals
Old old old. And it worked too! Maybe not as accurate as GPS is, but they can work on that I'm sure.
AFAIK the EU 2 yr warranty thing applies to consumer sales (members of the public).
Business to Business stuff does not apply. Therefore your Dell/HP Business PC/Notebook can still have a 1 year warranty, or even three months if they felt like it.
If Apple are flouting the law, then they need their knuckles rapped, but for a company the size of Apple, €900K is only a tickle. They need a bigger stick - at least double that - plus the shops shut and imports banned for a month in the whole EU!!
Talk Talk - pah!
I had Pipex Business Broadband in my office. Pipex got bought out by Tiscali (and the alarm bells started to tinkle a bit...), but service was still good, low contention, good speeds all day (I did a lot of work in the evening with no drop in quality). Then TalkTalk bought Tiscali and announced that they were upgrading our service to use their backhauls, etc... Being on a ADSL2 exchange at the time, not a 2+ I had a solid 8Mb, with a throughput of up to 6.8Mbit/s with Pipex pretty well all day. After TalkTalk's "upgrade", the day performance rarely exceeded 4.6Mbit, and the evening performance was typically 360Kbit/sec. What's more they insisted that they could upgrade me to their up-to-24Mbit service, even though our exchange wasn't due for upgrade to 21CN for 18 months. They tried to blame my line, the exchange, all sorts of things. In the end I asked them to leave my life and signed up with another business grade ISP, and as if by magic, my line performance is back to, and if not better than, how it was with Pipex. It took quite a few attempts to get rid of TalkTalk, from asking them to go, it took three months for them to acknowledge the fact and tell me that "in 30 days your service will terminate", and a further 90 days for it to actually happen! I think they've gone now.....
And as for 3 - I've been a customer of theirs since the day they launched, I am a "Founder", and never once have I had cause to complain. When I've had to call them, I've resolved everything with just one call. I think I've called them three times since March 2003. Compare that to o2, who I used for a business shared contract, we seem to be on the phone to them regularly! Though, they do, on the whole, sort stuff out well.
Firstly, yet another idea to kill the pub atmosphere. First we had wide screen TV with bloody football every minute of the day, now it's WiFi. What happened to going out to socialise with other people?
Secondly, the writer of the article is obviously either a shandy drinker or a eurofizz lover, or has only sampled it in bottles or cans which are nothing like the real thing what so ever. A well kept pint of Abbot that's not too fresh (or too old), is nectar in a glass, and should only be taken whilst standing. Persons attempting to drink Abbot Ale in a sitting position may find their knees inoperative after a few. The best way to serve it is "from the wood" - ie a wooden "pin" on the bar, and these days the only way you'll see that is where the landlord takes it to the brewery personally to get it re-filled.
IPA is known by some as "Bury St Edmunds Sugarbeet Factory Effluent", or just plain "Bury Ditch Water". When they brewed IPA at three sites (before becoming GK PLC), both Biggleswade and Furneaux Pelham produced superior IPA.
Old Speckled Hen is an abomination of what it once was, it doesn't taste anything like it used to when brewed at Morland's brewery, same goes for any of their other stolen ales.
Chemically the water may be made to be the same as the original brewery's water, but it doesn't have the same taste. And Bury St Edmunds area tap water has a funny twang to it. Probably due to the Sugar Beet Factory.
Cellar management is an art, and sadly there are not many landlords that do it properly. GK pubs often suffer from spiralling rents, and when that happens, the beer suffers. They love to send out the "plate counters", and if your kitchen is doing plenty of work, the put the rent up. The more you do to counter that, the more they put it up until you just can't afford it anymore. The next tenant comes in on a super cheap deal and it starts again. I can see GK putting the cost of these WiFi hotspots onto their tenants rent too!
There is no such thing as free beer, especially with GK.
I'll stick with my "burning platform" phone with it's 1Gb of RAM and 64Gb of mass memory. I like the little flap over the micro usb, it keeps the crap out of the connector (we don't all live in cleanroom environments like some of you!). And I have a car dock for it - it slides UP into it and stays in place (made by Brodit).
It multi-tasks quite happily with it's puny single core processor, with apps running in the background - not stalled waiting to return to the foreground.
OK the app store isn't very volumous in it's offering, but I already have everything I need on the phone - the ability to make and receive t-e-l-e-p-h-o-n-e calls, to send and receive text and multi-media messages, to send and receive emails, to do a bit of web surfing - watching FLASH as well as HTML5 content. The only thing that peevs me about it is the sync app with the computer - since Elop ordered that it was not to be supported by the great Nokia Suite app, I have to use Nokia Link - which works well, but isn't as good because they have stifled the bluetooth sync from the PC end (it's in the phone).
And I have a game of throwing avian projectiles at swine.
My verdict on the Lumia 900 is "Elop is still Bill Gates' bitch" It still looks like "My First Smartphone" with those crap tiles, and WHY does it need a "home" button, in fact why do you need any more buttons other than the hardware on/off, and volume? It's got a touchscreen FFS, put the controls on that!
Good for business....
Think of all of the sick people that would benefit from the donor organs!
The Americans (and other capitals) need to install Trolley Buses* to keep up with the iPodestrian generation, and the demand for transplant organs.
The World population will benefit as halfwits will be removed from existence, leaving people with common sense left. Which means that we won't need as many health & safety rules, and once more our children will be allowed to climb trees, play conkers, and run around the house with scissors in relative safety.
*= Trolley Bus - electrically propelled bus, powered by overhead power cables, which runs on conventional wheels/roads, unlike a tram which requires a track. Because they are almost silent in operation, as known to the locals as "The Creeping Death".
Here's an idea
The Judge makes a ruling on the case : Motorola - Microsoft - you both win or is it lose. I award $1 to each party, legal costs can be born by yourselves. No appeal, and if you ever file another case like this (either of you - against anyone) I'll sentence your CEO, management team, and legal department to 5 years hard labor (note American spelling) in Texas under the control of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Now get the f**k out of my courtroom!
ecomentalists : humans are the problem...
I once had an interesting chat with a Eco-fundamentalist. She was almost frothing at the mouth at how the human race was destroying the planet, and how it must change NOW!
I asked her one question - "do you have any children", she replied "yes - four".
I pointed out to her that SHE was part of the problem that she describes, and that to save the planet from the human race, she should have set an example by having no children at all. She then went off into another rant that it was a womans right to have children..... I pointed out that it is NOT a right, it is a gift of nature, but if humans are the cause of nature's downfall, why did she create four more humans to speed it's destruction?
Up to that point, she hadn't thought one bit about what she was doing in life, or indeed her part of the ecosystem.
We have an affect on the planet. But unless we blow this rock to bits, or some how lose the atmosphere, it will survive beyond the human race, maybe not in the way that it was in 1923, but it'll still be here.
It's called evolution.
WebOS now very dead
That's that then. Any ideas about WebOS coming back to do anything in that organisation will be killed, and replaced with embedded versions of windows. All HP printers will now require a ctrl-alt-delete trio of keys.....
Can't wait for an ex-MS exec to weedle their way into Cupertino, that could be interesting....
This is what happens when you put a Gatesian clone like Elop in charge.
It makes you wonder if some of the old guard Nokia types have done this to show what a dumb idea it was to drop Symbian (and Meego) and chuck all their eggs in the dreadful WInPho basket.
Why should RIM sell itself?
A couple of investment wankers, errr I mean bankers want to make a profit so tell RIM to commit hare kare. No, sorry. FOAD is what they should say.
A MS/Nok buyout would kill RIM dead, just like the marriage between MS and Nokia is slowly killing the once greatest mobile phone maker in the world.
So RIM made a faux pas moving into the tablet market, So what!? Put it behind yourselves and concentrate on the core business - mobile telephony with business applications.
Thankfully the joint CEO's of RIM still own most of the company, so they can offer the single finger salute.
Far too many companies have been destroyed by some profit mongering bankers whim. Come the revolution brothers, they're among the first up against the wall!!! ;0)
o2 Not impressed
I was speaking with a friend who works for o2/Telefonica, and I prodded him about the Nokia N9, to which, "Nokia & Microsoft have been badgering them to take the Lumia 800. They tried them out and were far from impressed, so are trying very very hard *not* to carry them at all.
There was a willingness to carry the N9 in the UK, but Nokia wouldn't supply them in the volumes they wanted/expected to shift, nor would they brand it for O2 UK.
I personally get the feeling, looking at o2's list of phones, and how few Nokias there are, that they have fallen out of bed with the Finnish phone giant, and are only carrying a token handful of handsets. Once upon a time, Nokias made up 75% of their offering, now it's only about 10%.
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