527 posts • joined Friday 15th July 2011 01:49 GMT
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@Joerg - "The already obsolete outdated AMD APU Jaguar at 1.6GHz it's 30% slower than the slowest Intel Core i3 CPU."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
Re: Onwards to upwards towards 2bn Android phones.
Laugh now. They laughed at Xbox years ago. MS doesn't care - they just keep learning (slowly) and coming after you.
Re: Get nothing for free
@frank ly - " I use AdBlock on my browser and on my Android phone."
Yup - if some of these posters would learn about AdBlock, 75% of their complaints would have already been resolved.
I haven't seen an ad in Gmail in years. I wouldn't even know what ads in Android they are referring to.
Re: This just in
I was interested, so shove off please @Mikel.
Re: Nice but
@AC 19:28 -
Did you try turning off location tracking in your settings?
Turning off WiFi when you aren't using it? Turning off GPS when you aren't using it? These two will save you battery life also.
Not saying I disagree with you there - Cyanogen offers something that neither Google nor Apple care to offer to their customers. It's a tremendously valuable project.
Re: >>...for another £25 ($20) or so.<<
Don't say "errr". It's dumb. And grow a sense of humor.
Blackberry all over again
This is the Blackberry story all over again. Market leader refuses to offer consumers the options they want, and thinks their kit is so "beloved" and "addictive" that they will forever be able to wring a healthy profit out of their declining market slice.
In order to save the company from complete ruin, Apple needs to immediately switch all its mobile devices over to Android.
I bought my first Haswell (i5) laptop a few weeks ago, and this thing is downright impressive. Fastest laptop I've ever used, and I've never heard a fan blowing or felt a bit of heat from it once. And the thing has two batteries (one in the monitor, one in the keyboard), and runs for 11+ hours. And the price was just $829.
This is what all us business travelers were begging for 10-12 years ago.
Re: Over it, stop the click baiting!
@AC 21:07 - " Apple does not seem interested in quantity sold as much as profit earned."
That's what we were all saying about Blackberry 3 years ago. The market share might decline, but the profits will keep rolling in because everyone "needs" their phones.
Yeah, that really worked out well.
Re: I think Target knows what it is doing
@DougS - "If it gets people in the store to drop a few hundred dollars on an iPad, they feel it is likely they'll have other expensive items on their Christmas shopping list that they might also find at Target."
So basically, the iPad is no longer a premier gadget, and is now just another loss-leader?
I bought a Nook e-Reader at Target a couple years ago for $40 bucks on Black Friday. Is the iPad the next Nook Reader?
@bitten - "It's more painful to Microsoft than Apple I think as Apple does not aim to anything other than the premium market."
If the market grows 39%, and Apple's sales only grew 25%, then Apple is the one that has the problem. Windows phone sales grew over 150% - about 4X the rate of market growth. Much of Windows' growth, I would guess, was at the expense of Apple.
We were reading these exact same headlines about Blackberry 3 years ago. Proprietary, locked-in hardware plus proprietary, locked-in software in a declining slice of the market. Bad, bad news for Tim Cook.
Re: You missed the step
@hypercomm - "iPad accounts for 85% of usage in North America. http://chitika.com/insights/2013/june-tablet-update"
Yeah - those numbers are a completely bogus method of analyzing market share. Here's how Chitika arrives at them: "Chitika Insights sampled tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian TABLET ONLINE AD IMPRESSIONS RUNNING THROUGH THE CHITIKA AD NETWORK".
The fact is, Chitika targets iPad users with their ads. They are just bragging that they are getting better at zeroing in on iPad users, rather than serving up ads to users of other tablets.
If you asked Google, those numbers might be completely upside down, as they target Android users.
Re: If google ever believed in "don't be evil"...
Alternatively, you could just avoid the urge to join the pre-pubescent Youtube idiots in the comments section.
And guess what? AdBlock strips ads from Gmail. Wonder of all wonders.
Re: You missed the step
Comparing iToy sales to Android sales is like comparing the Greek economy to the US economy. They're different scales completely. Android is activating 1.5 million devices each DAY - every day.
The competition has been over for a long time, fanboys. Welcome to your tiny market niche.
"We've all been there. You fire up a web browser, open loads of tabs for further perusal and suddenly the office is full of noise from an advert proclaiming that in 15 minutes or less you can save on your car insurance – and you've no clue which tab it's in."
Settings > Advanced Settings > Content Settings > Plug-ins > Click-to-Play
Plus AdBlock, Ghostery extensions.
Re: Bing is the reason for buying the entry level phone business
Bing is finally starting to work like a real search engine - and now MS is all full of talk of jettisoning it.
Brilliant. And typical MS strategy.
Bing is finally good enough that I use it more than once a day for various tasks. Up until recently, it was so poor that I was going months without using it.
Will he want to kill off IE also? IE 10 and 11 are finally fast enough and have a small enough memory footprint that I've begun using it for limited tasks.
Re: You've got to wonder
Looks like I spoke too soon.
From this evening's New York Times: "Bribery Case Implicates 2 Admirals: Two United States admirals, including the Navy's CHIEF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER, were stripped of their access to classified information on Friday after being implicated in a contracting scandal that federal prosecutors are investigating in San Diego."
Spooks and other people's money. Like flies and dog crap.
Back to the future
It used to be that every seat-back on an airplane had a phone in it.
Of course no one used it, because no one wanted to pay $6 to get yelled at by their wife or boss.
Now people pay $10 to watch cat videos and update Facebook for a 1.5 hour flight. And soon, they'll be able to get yelled at by their wives and bosses on the phone at the same time. It's amazing how far we've progressed, thanks to technology.
Better headline --
Scientists bewildered to find that some people pay real dollars (or pounds) to Feedly to read their free news feeds.
Re: Shocking - up-to-date software avoids the problem
@Khaptain - "That would be about 60% ( probably more) of current megacorps then."
--- and 70% of all government systems probably.
But its still stupid as hell.
You've got to wonder
You've got to wonder how many of the people holding security credentials stole material from the NSA and sold it to China instead of going to the papers like Snowden.
I'm guessing that for every one Snowden running to the press, there's possibly 100 or 1,000 inside guys selling our private data to foreign governments or to cyber-crime gangs.
Re: Air today, gone tomorrow...
It was a shiny fire. And extraordinarily high-res.
However, several of the firemen commented that you could get twice the flames for half the price with an Android tablet.
Re: Some missing elements
@Just_this_guy - "Linus TORCHvalds? Or Tim BURNERS-Lee?"
I think he was referring to Jasper Hamill's beard. He's the author of this article.
Shocking - up-to-date software avoids the problem
Shockingly, I have once again completely avoided a potential exploit by simply running up-to-date software. Whether you are on a Linux box or a Winblows box, running ancient versions of the OS or of the office suite is more likely to leave you open to vulnerabilities.
Face it - it's 2013. If you are running critical production devices on Win XP or Win Server 2003, you are likely to get what's coming to you, as surely as if you are running Ubuntu Warty Warthog from 2004 on your servers. It's going to be very difficult to keep it patched against all potential security threats.
Re: Not visible here
Yeah, I tried it and the installer wanted to install "DriveHive" - a paid driver updater, and "PalTalk" - which was my big chance to "chat online with millions of users".
All while trying to install free and opensource Filezilla.
I'd say that's a big-time fail for Sourceforge.
Re: bravo apple
Err - did you read what I said about absurd prices for boxes with average chips?
And don't say "err" or "umm". It makes you sound like an idiot. And get a login, you coward.
I tried it as part of a Win 8.1 install, and found that it was very fast on some simple websites and Bing websites (like Bing maps) and had very low memory usage. Memory use per open web-page was about one-half that of Chrome. However, on a number of interactive websites like Gmail, it was dog slow compared to Chrome. So much so that I quickly gave up on trying to use it.
Also, I'm surprised at the very small number of security add-ons available for IE10 and IE11. You can set some basic anti-tracking lists, but you can't get anything like Ghostery or HTTPS Everywhere or any auto-cookie-destroyers. I think the lack of security add-ons will make it much more prone to problems.
A company that boxes and sells very average microchips at such extreme profits and that pays little to no corporate taxes due to running it's money through Irish bank accounts should at least show a thimble-full of social responsibility towards its factory assemblers.
Re: Couldn't disagree more
@big-D - "in fact the additions under Windows 8/8.1 over 7 are nice."
Agreed. I especially find Win 8 to be more stable and responsive than Win 7.
Re: Couldn't disagree more
@Trevor - "Bollocks"
On the one system I tried Win 8.1 on, I was able to trace it down to USB problems. If I only used a mouse and a keyboard, and each were using their own dedicated port, I was getting relatively normal performance. Once I added a 3rd device, or a wireless device (even a wireless headset), or put a USB hub on one port, I was getting consistently erratic performance. I upgraded to Intel's USB chipset drivers for 8.1, but did not get improved performance. I lay the blame either at Intel's drivers, or at something to do with the Win 8.1 interaction with the USB system.
As soon as I rolled back to Win 8, everything worked perfectly again. We are running Win 8 on 4 systems in my office, and I've never had the slightest hint of a USB problem under Win 8. In fact, every one of those 4 machines is the most stable in the office. That might come down to the fact that they are all using more modern processors, including two new beauties with Intel Haswell chips.
Couldn't disagree more
@AC 03:33 - "The keyboard and mouse are second-class input devices in Microsoft's new touch-enabled world."
Mouse and keyboard work fabulously under Win 8. You clearly haven't even tried it. Win 8.1 is having some kind of USB drivers issue - but I certainly didn't see anything in Win 8.1 that would indicate that MS was trying to leave the mouse and keyboard behind. In fact, by default Win 8.1 is more mouse friendly in terms of returning a dedicated start button to the desktop. And the dedicated hotkeys for the Win 8 and Win 8.1 desktop are quite advanced. They just need to work out their USB kinks.
Killed my USB mouse, my USB keyboard, and my wireless network USB dongle. Gave me completely erratic behavior from all three. My keyboard was going insane - I'd hit a key, and sometimes it would do nothing, sometimes it would go into instant auto-repeat mode. Of course, the deal-breaker was that the wireless device would stop working once every 5-10 minutes, and take about 2 minutes to re-connect. That was the end of the line.
I think the problem is with the Intel drivers for 8.1 for the chipset I'm using. I rolled back to Win 8, and I'll wait for awhile to upgrade again.
Re: I suppose...
@jonathanb - "How long does it take to reach out to your bedside table in the morning, pick up your HP slab, and check emails and news websites on it? From putting my hand round the iPad to having El-Reg's homepage open on it takes me probably somewhere between 1 and 2 seconds. On a laptop, it would take a lot longer."
With this Haswell i5 processor, this HP does a cold start in 1.5 seconds by my watch. This thing has some serious speed. And the Intel HD 4400 graphics are more than acceptible.
Re: I suppose...
@jzlondon - "6 or 7 people came over to your seat? Really? What airline were you flying?
I suspect you may be altering the truth a little.
Also, what you were using is called a "laptop". It may have a flippy touch screen but at 2kg it's fooling nobody."
It was Southwest Airlines, flying to Vegas - people walk around a lot. And people drink and talk a lot.
It's a true convertible - you detach the monitor portion completely to be the "tablet". The monitor/tablet weighs about 2lbs - so maybe 1kg.
Re: I suppose...
@T Seng "Let's hope they are ready for the three-times-the-cost investment they'll have to make so they can edit Powerpoint documents..."
$829 at BestBuy.
Re: I suppose...
@jonathanb - "I'm quite happy with my iPad 2."
I used my HP Win 8 convertible in tablet mode for 5 hours on a plane trip last week. Spent most of the time reformatting a 150-slide PowerPoint presentation using the full professional of MS Office 2013, capturing portions of PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro, and running a Windows-only database program. In tablet mode, it's a 13.3 inch tablet, leaving plenty of room to work in office programs. It's got a 4th generation i5 processor, so handles all tasks with ease. And I listened to music on it the whole flight. At the end of 5 hours, I still had over 60% battery (Haswell is all Intel claimed it was going to be in terms of extending battery life).
About 6 or 7 people came over to my seat to see what device I was using, and said things like "wish my iPad could do all that" or "I'm going to get one of those instead of an iPad next time".
Re: "bin for Bing"
I've always liked Bing, but until recently it did not have a good option for sorting search results by date, like Google. Now, at least Bing has introduced the ability to search for the past day, week and month, so I'm finding it more useful. They need to add the ability to sort search results by year, and by custom date, like Google.
Bing's image and video search features are already quite superior to Google from my perspective, and their maps are very good, although the maps don't yet offer auto-complete like Google's maps.
@AC 23:03 - "A company that loses the consumer and ends up being an expensive business only player will eventually fail."
Blackberry could tell you a thing or two about that.
Both views are right
Anti-malarial vaccines will wipe a great scourge from the world, one that has caused endless pain, suffering and agonizing early death to untold millions throughout history.
Free access to global communication would allow all people the potential (note that I said "potential" here, instead of "ability") to iimprove literacy, to freely report on abuses of power, and to become involved in self-governing. This has the potential to end (or significantly hinder) the wielding of brutal, tyrannical power which has caused endless pain, suffering and agonizing early death to untold millions throughout history.
Both are worthy goals.
Re: So what did Google say about Android
@ar,ster - "At least Apple still supports the iPhone4 with iOS7. Much more important to me than how easy it is to replace the battery."
Yes, too bad that Google isn't forcing a "My Little Pony" interface on all users of older Androids:
@Graham Dawson - "You want to cite some sources for that, or are you just pulling numbers out of your butt?"
Considering he's an AC posting on tech websites for $7 an hour from a shared telemarketer's booth in Cupertino, I'd say it's the "numbers out of his butt" thing.
@Robert Taylor - "So you have a poor memory. That doesn't seem a good reason to bash someone for being specific in their post."
My memory is fantastic. But I don't stuff it full of useless data - like the name of the laptops I was buying 15 years ago. Or even 4 years ago. Or the model numbers of parts I used to build workstations with. If I need to know the name, I go and look at it. I don't recall the exact name of the phone in my pocket right now - I know it's a Sammy Android with a slider keyboard - because I work better with a keyboard. I don't recall the version of Android it's running - I don't give a crap unless I need to load an app that won't work with that version. And if I do need to know, I look it up on the phone.
What I DO remember is the enormous amount of work I've done with those machines over the years. I've bled most of them dry.
And I don't stick with one company religiously. I'm typing on a new HP laptop right now, and I've got a Sammy Android in my pocket. I built my workstation. My last laptop was a Dell, and my last phone was a Blackberry. And I can almost guarantee you my next ones won't be the same. I buy the best deal that will do the job for me the best at the time. That's the only thing that matters to me - getting the job done at a decent price. I don't care if anyone is impressed with the gear I'm using.
Re: As if I needed yet another reason...
AC 13:29 - "The Poster is describing behavior that the majority of users will want. Apple can provide that service should you want it. It saves a lot of people an awful lot of faffing about.
The people who visit and post here are in the main not the majority of users in their behavior and the way they use their devices.
Most iDevice users don't care a toss about if they can root it or stuff like that."
My point exactly.
So, what IS the point of Sheeple constantly coming here to post about their Fanboy-ism? Cause I can assure you with great certainty, the whole "evangelism" thing probably isn't working worth a crap on this website. And I get zero tech info from any of their posts.
It really doesn't even make for good discussion. It's just ... weird.
Re: As if I needed yet another reason...
@AtOmicAndy - "I am not [enough of ] a techie, I just want stuff to work. Thank you."
So - you are a Sheeple?
@Eddie D - >"I don't remember that time at all - I've still got a late 90s vintage Macbook G3 and a couple of iBooks, a few ancient Latitudes"
Well - I have tons of old equipment laying around. Most of it still works, if I bother with it. But one thing I don't do - I don't memorize the names and the specs as if they were some glorious gifts from the Gods. And believe it or not - some of that old gear I have in storage is even Apple gear. And I couldn't honestly tell you the name or the model number of ANY of it. If I need to find a driver, I can go to the device and read the model number from the sticker or from the etching.
I guess that's a big part of the difference between "Fanbois" and everyone else who uses tech to get work done, not to try to be hip. And a big part of the difference between those who religiously purchase every device from one company, and those who buy the best tool for the job.
The article fails to mention two of the most used alternatives - IBM's OS/2 and Novell's Netware are still in use worldwide, especially in enterprises, banking, and point-of-sale machines. The new(er) version of OS/2 is called eComStation, a proprietary product. A free version, osFree, has been in development by an open source community for several years.
Another community developed an open source alternative of the Netware kernel called MANOS for several years, although it doesn't appear to have been updated since 2010.
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