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Icahn loves him a nice big steaming pile...
...of Irish off-shore tax avoidance.
Not so sure I want that thing pointed at my eyeballs....
Re: The VERY definition of Android Landfill @ Nick
First of all, I would never buy a piece of garbage like this in the first place.
However, for the several million folks who DO buy one, how many are going to have a set of Torx lying around to open the back, are going to scrape the glue out with a knife, and (even if you are correct about the soldered sheet metal) pry the battery out to replace it?
My point exactly. This phone is nothing but worthless pollution that won't last 12 months on average, and Google should have to pay relevant environmental costs.
Re: The VERY definition of Android Landfill @ Nick
@Richard Plinston - "Sorry to disappoint you, but the battery is not glued in."
You must not read German. The battery is glued AND hidden behind a soldered-in sheet metal box. And you need Torx screwdriver heads to access any of it. And if you try to remove the soldered box, you are likely to ruin some of the chips with the heat.
I would say approximately ZERO of the 5 million losers who buy this are ever going to replace their batteries. They are going to chuck them into landfills as highly-toxic pollutants - probably mostly within 12 months or less, as cheaper, faster replacements come online.
Once again - shame on you Google.
@Lusty - "So Apple are selling fewer iPhones than before then? No? Aaah so market share percentage is a pointless measure of success then"
That's what Crackberry addicts said a couple of years ago...
Re: The VERY definition of Android Landfill
@Darryl - "Apple has never had a removable battery"
My point exactly. I don't give a shit about how "popular" they are - there's absolutely no reason under the sun not to allow the user to easily replace a battery or increase storage.
@Big_Ted - "Why is 8GB not enough unless you want to load several boated games or thousands of tunes at the same time."
Why the hell do you care? It's not enough for the guy, and unless you get a choice with a replaceable batter and an sd-card slot, it's just another freaking Android landfill phone.
I love Android. Can't stand the completely unnecessary pollution.
The VERY definition of Android Landfill
How incredibly stupid to glue the battery into the back, and not to allow a micro-SD card slot. I'm sure for $5 extra, this phone could have had all that.
What a waste. Millions of these will be trashed by this time next year when something cheaper comes along.
Shame on Google for contributing/building this design, and for continuing to glue its stupid batteries into the backs of phones.
Re: replace xp with...
openSUSE with KDE Plasma Netbook version - works fantastic and beautiful on my 5 year old eeePc.
For running Minecraft on openSUSE, I would recommend reading this How-To by openSUSE forum member @rrimc69 first: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/games/486762-minecraft-1-5-2-jar-mods-including-fix-black-screen.html
At $1100 per hour, he could almost afford to be an Apple customer.
Re: Polished KDE implementation
I agree on using "Nvidia the hard way" to get the drivers for openSUSE 13.1 until the repository is up. I posted the following info to help choose which Nvidia drivers yesterday on Distrowatch -
Some openSUSE users have reported on Nvidia drivers that are working with openSUSE 13.1:
openSUSE user @conram said: "The nvidia driver version that works with 13.1 are the 331.20 and 304.1160. These drivers were release last November 6, 2013. I just upgraded my old laptop with GeForce 8200M G from 12.3 to 13.1 with the driver already in my home partition. and install it after finishing the update in runlevel 3."
The openSUSE ftp site is not populated with Nvidia drivers for 13.1 yet, but some users report the drivers will show up "soon". In the meantime, user @wolfi323 is directing people to the Nvidia Unix Drivers site: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
Re: The wonders of having a metal phone body
@Voland's - "If the phone has a plastic body (like my Xperia Arc S) a deffective charger leaking 220V onto it will kill the phone and do nothing to the user."
Funny that the defective charger gets all the blame. Not sure how the various national Product Safety Commissions allowed a metal-frame phone that you hold to your face to ever make it onto the market.
You've got to be a fool to hold one to your ear while its plugged into a wall outlet. Any frayed or loose wiring, even on a professionally-designed charger cord, could give you quite a jolt.
Re: KBeee's biopic
There's a difference?
Re: Well done guys, plenty of overtime coming up
Google undoubtedly makes more $$ per BB user than per Android user, because the average Android user is so stinkin' cheap.
In fact, I'll bet Google is giving BB a hand on this project, and that the Chocolate factory is more than happy to see their own Android apps like Chrome, the Gmail app, Maps - work natively on the BB platform.
Google already has massive market share with Android - 2/3 of tablets and 4/5 of phones worldwide. They don't need much more market share, they need access to more eyeballs for their ads. BB can give them a few more eyeballs, and a few more lucrative ones at that.
@h3 - "Adblock Plus works best on Firefox. (If it worked as well on IE11 I might well use that).
Sooner or later it will be blocked from stock chrome."
Google probably has never blocked Adblock from Chrome because it makes so much money through the sale of search rankings. They make money on your search, even if they can't serve you up additional ads.
@Don Jefe - "Because Google isn't in the browser business. They're in the search box inside the browser business. In this case Google is a parts supplier. Instead of attempting to capture all the browser users with a single product offering, nearly impossible, they just make sure their search capabilities are available in as many different browsers as possible."
Finally! A sensible thought on this subject. Do all these nitwits not understand that Google is an Advertising company? And that NO ONE makes money off of giving away free browsers by themselves?
Chrome is not in competition with Firefox you bunch of goofballs. Google could care less which browser you use, as long as you conduct all your searches through them.
It's like saying "Google hates the iPhone and iPad". Google undoubtedly makes more money per iPhone and iPad than it does per Android device. They don't give a shit - they just want MORE people on the interwebs. Wake the hell up people.
Worthless phish. Unless...
Unless the user was so stupid as to not have opted into 2-step verification after how many hundreds of warnings and reminders by Google?
These are the same people who think that 2-step verification is too much trouble on their banking website.
What did the comedian Ron White say? "You can't fix stupid".
"'For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love,' Apple told El Reg in a statement."
And money. Especially money.
WTF El Reg???
You don't buy one spare battery. You buy 10 of them, and stick them in a 50kg overhead bag, and keep that sucker blowing hot air on the dumbass in the seat in front of you, all the way from New York to London. While you play a mind-blowingly intense game of BF4.
Do you guys think before you write this stuff?
@AC 20:57 - "Since the only purpose that those so called hackers could have is to try to cripple the affordable health care act even further"
I think it's the personal and financial the hackers might be interested in. Probably not so much DDoS'ing just for the sake of crippling a website.
Re: How the fcuk...
@Longrod - "How the fcuk... can Nokia get it so wrong??"
Well, they had a choice - go with the system that's going to garner 81% of the worldwide market share within a couple of years (Android), or go with the one that's going to be stuck on 3.6% market share (Win).
They made their choice.
Re: Sad day, sad day
@Alf - "Got to say it, you must be f*cking mental to want anything to do with a touch screen, and it doesn't matter which tech tat firm knocked it out ......... didn't you ever repeatedly press Delete by accident ? How thin are your fingers ?"
Post of the year. I nominate Alf for President of the World.
@dogged - "The commentards do, though. According to this bunch of helldesk throwbacks, Google can do no wrong."
You obviously don't read the comments very often. Google gets flamed on these boards more than just about anyone, and deservedly so. When you've got your hands in that many pies, you are going to be held to a pretty high standard.
Re: I can see it now
@wolfetone - Which phone market is Apple "dominating" with 12.1% market share?
There is only one "dominant" platform, and that is clearly Android with 81% of the market. BB is smart to jump on board.
BB just made it back on to my must-try list. Their keyboard phones have always been. The best by far.
BB should have given us Android apps one way or another years ago. There's no reason they couldn't mop the floor with Samsung if they had the Androi apps, at least in the US.
Re: "Like all Xperias the battery is fixed in place."
@AC 23:40 - "I stopped reading there. Would you like a photograph of mine with the cover and battery removed?"
So - is the battery removable or not? Cause it's a deal breaker for me on any device if you can't replace your own battery.
Re: Never buying SONY again
@Deaths Pirate - Your experience with Sony was truly appauling. And also a bit appalling.
Re: Sounds like the old South China gameplan
You could be right. There are a lot of similarities to China in the late 70's. They continued to threaten to attack Taiwan up until nearly present-day, and they were also shut off from receiving a lot of Western technology.
Re: Wasted effort, surely .......
@Titus - Nice work! You are on your A-game today, I see.
Sounds like the old South China gameplan
Beijing set up all kinds of "Special Economic Zones" in the South China Pearl River Delta area starting in the late 70's. Foreign investors brought capital in through Hong Kong and were given special low-tax incentives to marry up the local labor force with Western tech companies. This was one of the big breakthroughs that allowed nationwide market reforms to eventually take place.
I've read that the initiative was a huge success, and that the Pearl River Delta region (Guanzhou, Shenzhen and surrounding cities) now handle about 1/3 of all foreign trade from mainland China. Maybe North Korea will eventually open up in a similar manner.
Re: Here we go!
Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond recently got a 10-year prison sentence for hacking into systems at the urging of "Sabu" - an Anonymous member named Hector Xavier Monsegur who turned out to be an FBI informant (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/15/jeremy-hammond-anonymous-hacker-sentenced).
These young men are being sold down the river by their own "friends" and associates.
Re: I recall the 90's
@AC 23:06 -
> "Well, here is an exercise for you. Actually BUY a Mac. Spend some money instead of being a cheap git jealously sniping from the corner because you cannot leave the suckling teat of a Microsoft desktop"
We put money into Macs at my company. I'm not a fanboi however - I see the good and the bad with Mac, and personally I only find them to be more productive and cost-effective in some very narrow use cases. Mixing bits of music and video for promotional campaigns is one of those use cases.
> "If you spend 3 months using OSX and do not suddenly discover that you have been wasting a Godawful amount of time patching instead of just using the machine"
I haven't spent hardly any time in many years "patching" machines - most of that gets set up on a schedule - even on our Linux boxes. Macs don't take any more or less time to keep "patched" than Windows. Of all the OS's, the Linux boxes are probably the most complicated to keep up-to-date (although apt makes it incredibly easy), but they are also by far the most complex, versatile, cost-effective, and productive all-around systems. We probably spend a small amount more time "patching" our Linux boxes because we demand a lot more from them.
By the way - if you ever want to see a system that requires NO maintenance time - get yourself a cheap little Chromebook. They are NICE.
Re: I recall the 90's
Amazing how myopic Mac owners can be. Was it only a year ago that Flashback was running rampant through Mac systems worldwide? Hundreds of thousands of systems were infected, and if I recall, the backdoor was used to hack into more than one corporate system and compromise user data. Through Flashback, a 600,000 Mac botnet was created.
But no - instead we get these comments - "Herp-derp - I've never met a Mac user who has had an infection, herp-derp." You guys are continuing to spread a fairly destructive mythology of superior security, which causes Mac users NOT to take routine protection protocols seriously.
Do you really think that the users on this forum DON'T know the vulnerabilities of Unix-like systems? People who set up Linux and BSD servers and networks for a living have a pretty good idea of what's required to secure a system like OSX. Failing to heed their warnings has left many of your users open to Flashback, Mac Defender, and other OSX-targeting malware.
Re: I recall the 90's
You little boys don't recall all the Macro viruses of the mid-90's. Or the AutoStart or Sevendust worms for Macs in the late 90's. Most of those were spread via floppy or CD. Used to be, you didn't need internet access to spread a bit of chaos.
But, none of that stopped Apple users (and some Apple execs) from claiming their OS was "immune" from malware attacks. They built a whole ad campaign around it in the early 2000's. The only reason their myth of Apple security spread was because Mac had only 1-2% market share, and because of the tiny user base most people didn't know anyone who had suffered a Mac infection.
Half of them are paid to troll tech websites as fanbois. The other half are paid to wait in line outside Apple stores for new releases.
Engineering is probably contracted out to India or China.
Re: Depressing comments
Just don't see the value in it. Why should a Linux user pay Dell an extra $400 just to "support" their Linux initiative? What's the value proposition there? Dell should be meeting the needs of the community, not the other way around.
Even if you JUST wanted to buy a Linux laptop - for $200 less than the Dell i5, you could buy a 14.1", i7 Haswell "Galago UltraPro" ultra-thin laptop from System76. And the graphics on the System76 latptop are the faster Intel Iris Pro 5200, instead of the HD 4400 on the Dell.
I recall the 90's
when Apple users said their devices were completely secure, because they were built from the ground up to withstand attack.
And all the security experts said "no, you just don't have any market share, so your software isn't getting attacked".
And now we know the truth: A company with a little over 10% smartphone and PC market share has almost daily security flaws being exposed. Imagine how bad it would be if they ever hit 90% market share like Windows of the 90's.
Re: How much?
@No Quarter - "Looks priced to fail. Even with a non-spinny disc, big processor and touch screen that looks like a lot of money."
I agree. I recently bought a 13" HP Win 8 laptop with nearly the same specs as the Dell i5 with the Intel 4400 graphics, including the 13" screen, and I only paid $829.
I would think most Linux users would buy a Windows laptop, save the $400, and then install the distro of their choice (which probably wouldn't be Ubuntu 12.04).
Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving
So - the fact that her brake lights didn't go on makes it ok to KILL her???
Whatever happened to paying attention to the road and what other drivers are doing? You don't need brake lights to tell you that a car is quickly decelerating.
Am I the only one who is constantly turning OFF notification methods on these phones?
And all these companies want to do is sell me a stupid watch or phone with even MORE notifications?
If I left the default notifications on my phone, I would get a buzz, a jingle, and a constantly blinking light 24-hours a day for the following:
- spam email
- spam texts
- apps that want updated
- apps that have auto-updated themselves
- apps that just want more love and attention
- apps that think I should install other apps
- texts from my phone company about apps it thinks I should install
- "emergency" weather phone calls and texts from local government in the middle of the night any time we get a half inch of rain (they must have all bought the same auto-dialers recently - this is becoming a real nuisance)
Default notifications can turn into a buzz-beep-blink-fest from 2am to 4am - prime sleeping hours. They are a constant distraction when I'm trying to work during the day. I've turned off as many of them as I can. I don't need new devices to give me more notifications - just be a phone and ring when I get a call - I can check my own mail inbox, thank you very much. I don't need 3-sided phone notifications or watch notifications or car dashboard notifications.
Re: "Modern" apps? Pretty much a Fail.
@AC 17:51 - "8 has been a disaster on the desktop"
I'll disagree on that point. Win 8 is reemarkably fast, stable and productive on all the desktops we are using it on. If you ignore the Start panel, install Classic Shell, and avoid the Modern apps, you've got the best Windows desktop ever, in my opinion.
I reallly like a lot of the tools, like the new Task Manager with all its built in features. Saves me a lot of time digging through the Administrator Accessories like in all previous versions of Windows.
And I don't find installing Classic Shell to be any kind of a burden. You can download and install it in about one minute. Its not like you could ever run Windows without downloading third party software like anti-virus programs, backup programs, CCleaner, etc anyway. Its just another tool you need, and the fact that its open source, community supported software makes it a huge bonus.
Re: "Modern" apps? Pretty much a Fail.
One problem I have is the severely limited functionality in many of the Modern apps.
For example, I do a lot of work with PDF documents, so I was quite curious about what MS would do with its full-screen PDF reader. But when I open a PDF, I only get about 5 tools - rotate, highlight, make a note, look a bookmarks, and whether I want to see one or two pages on the screen at the same time.
The app isn't even as functional as reading a PDF on my Kindle, where I can at least look up words in a dictionary or online. Compared to a robust program like Acrobat Pro or even Acrobat Reader, the app is so severely light-weight as to make it almost completely unusable. And that's after Win 8 has been 4 years in development and a year in release! Why should I expect anything better in the next year or two?
I love Win 8 - very fast, very stable, very secure. But the Modern apps don't seem to be good for much beyond the most casual reading experience. Like I say, MS should be able to offer at least as much functionality as an app running on my Kindle.
And MS NEEDS to stick a minimize button somewhere. Our users are just completely lost in these apps, don't even know how to get out of one without assistance.
Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap
@AC 12:49 - "Try that with your Samsung phone. Mine went faulty after about 3 months - Samsung were insistent the only option was to return it to them and turn-around was currently 3 weeks."
You bought it from the wrong store. BestBuy will hand you a replacement in-store if they have it most times, or give you a store credit for a different one. The good thing is that you don't even have to stay with Samsung (or Apple) - you can put the money toward any new model.
Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap
@dougal83 - "It's like that film 'The Trueman Show' where his wife spouts off advertising when I read some 'fanboi' comments on here."
There's a lot of that, not just on this website. I'm convinced that half the fanboi comments are just guys that are getting paid $7 per hour by Apple to comment on tech websites using canned company lines. A lot of their responses make no sense, and I get the feeling I am trying to have a discussion with an ad-bot.
"Modern" apps? Pretty much a Fail.
I've been using Win 8 for about a year now, and support several systems with Win 8. During that time, I've never spent more than a few, curious moments in the "Modern apps", even on a tablet.
Any time one of our users accidentally stumbles onto a modern app, they call out for "help" immediately, completely surprised by the experience.
We've basically used Classic Shell to shut the Metro Start screen and modern apps completely off from the user experience as much as possible. MS has a long way to go to integrate the modern apps experience into full use. So far from my experience, it's a complete fail on a PC or laptop. Reminds me of running old full-screen MS-DOS programs with mouse enabled.
Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product
@Joerg - "The already obsolete outdated AMD APU Jaguar at 1.6GHz it's 30% slower than the slowest Intel Core i3 CPU."
That's just a remarkably ignorant statement. You should learn a bit about how chips work before posting again on the subject.
Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product
That's a pretty good read. I'm a big fan of both Intel and AMD chips for their different uses. I built my high-powered workstation that can grind through OCR'ing millions of pages of PDFs with an amazing 6-core beast of an AMD processor. My favorite laptop of all-time uses a Haswell i5 and gets over 11 hours of battery time and appears to require almost no cooling. Both companies have been putting out fantastic products, especially recently, and we are all the beneficiaries of their competition.
I would take issue with you on one point. Many of the technical points you addressed were also being worked on by Intel for years before they came to market in AMD products. The fact is that both companies saw the need for 64-bit processing, effective multi-core microarchitecture and numerous other advances. We could talk about Intel developing 64-bit processing 10 years before AMD64 came to market, and IBM working on it 38 YEARS before AMD64, but really, a company's decision to market a specific product is often a bit divorced from their engineering innovations. To your argument about AMD64, you would then have to discuss what processes and innovation AMD saw in IA64 that it could use. And what did both companies learn about 64-bit processing from the CDC vector supercomputers and the Cray vector supercomputers of the 1970's? And since engineers are constantly jumping from company to company, how much brain transfer occurred from IBM in the 60's to CDC/Cray in the 70's, to Intel in the 80's, to AMD in the 90's? Probably a lot more than you would think.
Your statements such as "Without AMD, there would *BE* no new technology in Intel chips", "Intel are followers" seem extreme. I've got family and friends who have worked on chip development in engineering at both companies and at Motorola for decades, and I can tell you the amount of work and innovation from all three companies in pushing the technology forward has been absolutely extraordinary.
Otherwise, I agree - AMD chips are incredible. I look forward to watching my son destroy zombies and terrorists on his PS4. I'm sure the APU will give remarkable performance. Thumbs up to AMD - keep the innovations coming!
I got my email today that the StartMail beta is about to launch. Should be interesting, the email says:
"The revelations this summer of NSA spying through the PRISM program prompted us to add even more features to our already rock-solid privacy."
Features of StartMail are supposed to be:
- fully-encrypted user vault,
- protection of perfect forward secrecy and transport layer security,
- state-of-the-art SSL encryption,
- email provider based in the Netherlands, outside of US jurisdiction
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