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1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

Silverburn

Re: This is something I consistently fail to understand.

You're close with the Landie analogy. But how about this:

Mac Pro's are used by designers in the same way 90's are used by farmers and explorers. They buy one, run it to the ground, then buy another. They are the perfect customers, returning to buy the same high-margin models again and again.

If they either stop selling the Mac Pro or the 90, both groups will simply leave, full of resentment, and never come back, regardless of the other tinsily tat they may try to sell in it's place. Of the two, only Landie seems to know this.

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This is what most PC users miss out on - the Mac Pro case really is very good, and a real step above even the premium PC cases.

Admittedly, having control of the internals makes this easy to achieve, but there you go - still doesn't detract from the fact this is one of the best cases to work on, and is extremely quiet for what it is, even with 2 video cards.

Downsides? Weighs a frikkin' ton, and the Aluminium can get scored easily. Oh and it's "thirsty" - I think it's a 850w PSU in there, and it like a bit of juice. Biggest failing of all though, was Apple never gave it the video system it should have had all along, especially at this price; witness the number of users flashing top end PC cards from ATi and AMD to slot in there. No Crossfire either in OS X when it could easily have been supported (it works in Windows/bootcamp).

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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Happy

New tools help web devs find problem spots

oh? Is one of them a full uninstaller for IE?

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

Silverburn
Headmaster

Re: Does Samsung support Linux?

Does Samsung support Linux?

Yes, not specifically on this product but they contribute kernel code.

So...no.

Did Samsung write the Linux driver that crashes?

The code used to compile the module came from Samsung.

And naturally Samsung had the massive vision to write code into this module for a product it probably never even knew it was going to build at the time, or even that it had Linux visions for.

But given they contribute code to the Linux Kernel to make it work with their laptops, perhaps they should of done so to test it?

Newsflash: Contributing to the kernel != automatic, full support for all Linux builds on all products.

If this happened with when installing Windows XP on the laptop, because XP contained an old Samsung driver that broke the UEFI firmware would you be blaming Microsoft or Samsung?

Neither. XP isn't supported either, from what I understand.

At the end of the day...regardless of what Samsung does on the Linux front, if it says LINUX is not supported on this hardware (or alternatively *only* OS xxxx is), then the risk is entirely yours.

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Re: An Apple a day...

oooh, massive samsungtard downvote burn onroute to you in 3...2...1....

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Yeah, I put diesel in my petrol tank

+1. Of all the analogies of this problem, I think this one is the best.

I suspect the IT fix will be just as cumbersome and almost as expensive as fixing the petrol/diesel problem too.

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Facepalm

Woops

<-- this.

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Happy

Re: hmmm

Split coffee vs fouled keyboards...

remember: causation != corrolation :-)

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Silverburn

Re: Dogs et. al under control, why not CATS?

Cats don't normally maul small children to death, nor are they bred and trained to be as aggressive as possible.

No, feline domination over man is the long game and is altogether much more sinister.

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Re: And yet ...

And some rats are bigger than the cats.

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Facebook reports revenues up 40% but Wall Street says 'meh'

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Facepalm

oooooh

Facebook generated just $64m in income last quarter, down from $302m during the same quarter last year.

If I was an investor, I'd be pretty pissed at this too. This is a *massive* drop.

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

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Meh

Off screen swiping

...does anyone else see this as a GUI no-no? It requires the user to actually remember what features are available, rather than actually display those options on screen.

Seems to be a trend - Apple do it (notifications), Android does it (also notifications), Win8 does it (the god awful righthand swipe and multi press method to turn off a machine) and now BBS10 does it.

Maybe I'm just getting old. Bah, humbug.

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Hard Glass Spinner Technology: HGST's new 2.5-incher

Silverburn

Lol - I stand corrected.

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Happy

Re: Glass platter

Naturally this is all bollox, because any minute now Scotty will beam down with the recipie for transaparent aluminium....(or aloominum for the former colonies). It won't help our platters any, but our fish tanks will be safer.

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Silverburn

Re: Winchesters

aah, I remember the clatter and whoosh from my 10mb attached to my B+. Awesome. And expensive. And still didn't the stop the thargoids pwning my ass, every time my hyperspace failed. Which was a lot.

And naturally, this was the good ol' days when stuff was still counted in multiples of 1024...

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Happy

Re: Glass platter

It can't be too brittle, or the repeated spin up/down forces would weaken it over time. It will still need to flex and warp a little (even if we're talking microscopic deviations from flat). Also, it would help with natural vibration/resonation inherent in spinning media that isn't contactless, and then there is the heat cycles to worry about.

Safe to say, it should be plenty robust enough. When they start talking about using recycled cardboard as platter is when you should worry.

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Amazon: We have great cash flow - it flows straight out of our hands

Silverburn

Re: Cashflow != ignore

Ok...so your company had:

- no reserves

- made no widgets at a profit until this million order

- Already had credit facilities and creditors

Yes, it failed because it could not pay the staff. But this is only the ultimate failure point for a business that was already in trouble, and was using cashflow to postpone failure. Had the company been profitable *before* the million widget order, it would not have failed - simple as that.

Second, banks are now specialising this type of loan:

http://www.barclays.co.uk/Businessloansoverdraftsandmortgages/Businessloansoverdraftscashflowfinanceandmortgages/Cashflowfinance/P1242597792294

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Silverburn

Re: Cashflow != ignore

I'm saying that if you are making sufficient profit, how efficient your cashflow is becomes increasingly irrelevant.

if Apple have a bad month, say after paying all their corporation tax (hah!), it doesn't really matter, since they're raking in billions a years in profit. Multiple quarters in profit = huge cash reserves. Yes, it affects cashflow for that month, but so what?

Without profit all other financial mechanics (inc cashflow) eventually fail. Common sense, really.

PS: You said to ignore the cashflow. A company with cashflow problems can be making a huge profit and still collapse, rendering its shares rapidly worthless.

Sources & examples?

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Silverburn

Re: Cashflow != ignore

Sorry no - profit is measured after cashflow is factored in. Or it is in my world.

To collapse after making huge profits seems...improbable.

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Re: Cashflow != ignore

...but my point still stands. Juggle the figures how you like, but at the end of the day, PROFIT is what keeps the whole thing moving.

And it doesn't matter on the size of the company...merely on cash reserves and rate of expenditure.

When you're shedding cash, good cashflow and supplier management can only delays the inevitable. Inevitable being the point when your cash reserves can no longer pay wages, and chapter 11 beckons.

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Silverburn

cashflow = ignore

Revenue = ignore

sales = ignore

costs = ignore

Profits = ...are where it's at, after it's all said and done. All of the above are pretty useless if you're not making any money

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Ok, fine so far

still have the ipad one as well, all 16gb of it, and have yet to run out of capacity.

What am I doing wrong? Should I load more pr0n on it?

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Greedy Apple told it can't triple Samsung's $1bn patent payout

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Greedy mofos

Unfortunately, I suspect Samsung would do exactly the same thing, if the roles were reversed.

Caveat: I do not discriminate against either Apple or Samsung. I hate all lawyers equally.

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Alien

'inappropriate damages enhancement'

Typical legal language. Why not just use...

"Lets totally take the piss"

..like a normal human being?

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Silverburn
Paris Hilton

Re: Another heated the device up in a special place with a hairdryer

Except when they have higher throughput than waterloo, they cease to be special.

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Facepalm

Re: My iPad 2 is fine

Woopie doo. <slow clap>

Everyone stop commenting now - transparently the post author and the 2,700 apple posters are all in on the joke but clever Dave never felt for it.

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Brit 2.5-tonne nuke calculator is World's Oldest Working Computer

Silverburn

Dekatron tubes

wow...total 'Gerry Anderson' flashback to Space:1999 there for a moment.

Carry on. I'm ok now.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Headmaster

Do they honestly think younger people dont read?

If they've had a modern progressive education, it's more likely they can't than won't.

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Joke

Remember to empty your bag, take out your teeth and find your reading glasses first, grandad...

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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

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Coat

"The behaviour of this pulsar is quite startling, it’s as if it has two distinct personalities,

I promised myself I wouldn't go there...but I will:

...does this behaviour appear to change regularly on an almost monthly basis...?

The brown one. Quickly. I have to run.

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Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

Silverburn

..and preferably just ignore the bit where I spunk 700m/1bn USD without any real board buy-in on an overpriced service that's heamoraging privacy-concerned users and almost designed to piss off twits ...bitches.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/18/instagram_zuckerberg_one_billion/

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Microsoftie's tell-all on 'rival-flinging' Ballmer: The politics of disbelief

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Happy

Re: Good article.

Damn...Eadon and Dogged stopped before I'd finished my popcorn!

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Happy

In other words...

Respect my Athoritaaah!

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: It is the price, stupid!

Not sure i fully agree with all your points, but bugger me- take a +1 for the *longest post in world*.

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Meh

A real shame

A potentially sound product with real USP's, ruined by its creators. Shame.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Coat

Google and Facebook have not yet responded to our request for comment on the report

..they were too busy laughing at the lunacy of it all...?

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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FAIL

Re: Windows 8 FAIL

oooh, you're slipping Eadon...your anti/ms bile was only 2nd post! We were all expecting to see your biased dribble cruise into 1st post within seconds of the article being posted...

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Boffins take the temperature of the cosmos

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Holmes

A query arises...

...is the restaurant at the end of the universe's location measured in distance or time?

And if entropy wins, does this mean my steak will be served rare?

Enquiring minds must know.

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Trollface

Re: Universe is suffering a heat-death like fate

Impressive Eadon...you even managed to get your now-traditional anti-ms jibe into a story that has nothing whatsoever to do with IT. Kudos. <slow clap>

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Apple shares dive after quarterly report disappoints Wall Street

Silverburn

Re: FAIL

Reality distortion field? I think it's yours...all my graphs are up.

- Revenue up

- units shipped up

- operating income up

- earnings per share up

Only thing Cook needs to explain is the 18% drop in profit on that revenue- it reeks of poor supplier management and cost creep; something he was formally head honcho of.

And much of this come from over analyst expectations, which apple can't control. eg: Apple management forecast $52.00 billion in total revenues, the analysts expected $54.69 billion, and the result was $54.51 billion.

My question is where the big products are coming from in 2013 - another year of incremental upgrades like 2012 will not get them back in front.

Afterall, 56.24% of sales came from the iphone alone, and given the 5 was not the big upgrade people were expecting, degredation of iphone sales volumes will have a big effect on bottom line.

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UK 4G auction kicks off in total silence

Silverburn

Re: Oranges are not the only fruit.

A minor revision: New for old account swapping only really works when you move UP the pay scale. Try moving your account to a cheaper one, and they'll be less accomodating, unless you're at renewal stage - and even then, expect to get hosed-by-stealth on the T&C's.

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Happy

Re: Anything to stop TV companies buying it?

Using TV bands for use as...TV? Common sense.

Selling TV bands for use as...TV? Money for old rope? Surprised ConLib didn't think of it earlier...they could even have called it a tax.

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Silverburn

3G debt

..shouldn't the companies that put in massive bids for the 3G pay those off first before doing the same again for 4G?

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

Silverburn

In order to focus on new and innovative areas in desktop computing, Intel has made the decision to ramp down the Desktop Motherboard Business

Are they implying there's no innovation left to be had doing MB's?

Or are they implying there's no profitable innovation left to be had doing MB's...

And re: comments on performance...remember the differences in performance between boards was often only a few percentage points. I'd happily trade a tiny performance loss for far better reliability - it's a no brainer.

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

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Mushroom

Wake me up when these speeds are *guaranteed* at peak hours, not "maximum-speed-at-3am-on-an-non-contended-exchange-50m-from-the-backbone-marketing-fluff".

At the moment it's just a load of stats based on made up figures.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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Joke

"Allow access using a Wi-Fi network to personal files store don your device or media card"

Cue internal memo from IT Sec department:

"Storing personal files on your device or media card is not allowed. Accessing wifi networks from mobile phones is not allowed. Printing data to mobile phones is not allowed. etc etc..."

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iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android

Silverburn

You do realise that your quoted statement can be recited - word for word - by the fandroids as well?

Fanboi-ism of any kind is toxic to any reasoned argument.

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Coat

Re: my next phone...

Normally, people just hang up by pressing the button after they take it away from their head. Dropping it onto the floor seems a little extreme.

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Hackers on anti-Egypt spree bury Egyptology journal in the sand

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Re: I got confused by the URL

Methinks the "send corrections" options should have been used for the sake of pedantry, but sometimes mistakes are worth leaving undeclared - purely for their amusement value.

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Cautious Brits less likely than US firms to puff on clouds - survey

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Re: Patriot Act

He's correct. Patriot act = bad news, if you have regulatory obligations re: confidential information.

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