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1122 posts • joined 10 Aug 2011

Cupertino lawyers mull 'driPhone' name ban

Armando 123

That's ntensely nteresting.

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iPhone demand strong months after 4S release

Armando 123

Look at the satisfaction numbers

The key to any business long-term is customer satisfacti. on. You're in business to make money and you make money by making the customer happy. Happy customers do not bother to look elsewhere. Given that, I'd say Apple is pretty well positioned.

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

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Devil

So let me get this straight

"Under American law," Roberts writes, "so-called 'personality rights' exist only at the state level – there is no federal law. And only about a dozen states recognize image rights after death."

So this means that, for most states, we can sell a doll of any deceased member of a lawyer's or politician's family as a nazi or streetwalker (or both) and they have no say in it?

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Boffins hack evolution, create SUPERSOLDIER ANTS

Armando 123
Devil

I wonder if this research was sponsored by the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 guys ...

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Microsoft's master stroke: Pay store staff per WinPhone sold

Armando 123
Windows

Doubt it will work

This might have worked in the 80s and the 90s when much of the buyers simply knew little about what was available and they needed, but consumers are (generally) smarter and savvier now, and they have this thing called "the internet" available at their fingertips; they are going to be less susceptible to salesperson influence than before. (Not immune, and not in all cases, but less susceptible.)

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Govt tells science to budge up for arts at new hi-tech uni

Armando 123

Here in the states

Science is what pays for the humanities as it is. The best funded unis -- Harvard, Cal, Michigan, MIT, etc etc etc -- have one thing in common: big science/engineering. The funding for every research grant requires the university gets matching funds, what's called a 50/50 split, to fund administration, and other departments/schools. (At Harvard, the university gets double the grant, a 2/1 split; and IIRC correctly, Dartmouth was even worse.) Thus the best humanities departments tend to be at the places with Big Science.

Currently I'm working at a startup and a retired chemistry professor is here; he has great stories over lunch, and the other day he mentioned that he alone had had a bigger budget than the entire theater department at a well-known, academically respected state-supported university.

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Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

Armando 123

Wait a minute

You mean Steve Jobs was right, that people are basically honest and willing to pay for something they deem worth it?

I'm conflicted; are we supposed to dislike Jobs or like him today?

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Armando 123

Another Yank QI fan

And what's more, I think I understand the scoring system: it's merely a prop for more jabs and jokes, a la I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Although I do have one complaint with QI, my family all got sore throats trying to do Rob Brydon's man-trapped-in-a-box voice.

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Ultrabook, tablet shipments to surge

Armando 123

Gotta agree

I have a Ver1 Macbook Air that I love and that has been a great laptop (though getting a touch long in the tooth and beat to death). I don't think I truly appreciated the engineering of it until I got a hulking Dell XPS at work that seems less solid and weighs approximately the same as a Hollywood ego. However, the other manufacturers' ultrabooks just don't seem to match the overall engineering quality of the Air. It's little things, and each one individually might not be a big deal, but they add up. It's a product where design, engineering, and attention to detail make a BIG difference, and most PC manufacturers have more of a cut-cost-cut-cost mentality.

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Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

Armando 123

No

But "football" is ambiguous, particularly with all the all'merkins reading the publication and seeing the ads. This is particularly true at this time of year, as the NFL playoffs start this weekend.

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Will TWO next-gen iPads be unveiled at January's iWorld?

Armando 123

Contracts

They may be obligated to do so. Car companies do the same thing, with Toyota subsidiaries supplying Ford and vice versa. That helps the price with economies of scale, but as we saw in 2008/2009, when one falls the rest go with them.

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Area 51 to host sci-fi knocking shop

Armando 123
Coat

Why am I reminded ...

... of a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode where one of them shouts "No. No! They're doing it clown-style!!!!!"

Ok, just me, then.

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Steve Jobs action figure set for shop shelves

Armando 123
Devil

Just the start

Maybe we can get a Steve Ballmer Mr. Blobby Doll, an audioanimatronic Micheal Dell, and one of the Google founders, now with Invisible Useless Google+ Attachment!

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

Armando 123

He went to a Catholic school?

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Apple to conquer connected TVs? Steady on, lad

Armando 123
Megaphone

What?

"bullied weaker governments like Germany"

Does your brain read what you type?

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Well, burn my atomic-clock-powered new human renaissance platform

Armando 123
Devil

@admiraljkb

You would be surprised how many people my age, who were the prime age group to watch WKRP, don't remember the show very much, if it all. And that's in the US; I don't think it was ever shown in the UK. However, anyone who saw that episode, with Les Nessman reporting on the turkeys like the Hindenburg disaster, and Mr. Carl.son's last line, will never forget it.

IIRC, that episode is on Hulu in its entirety. Hm, may need to surf over there tonight after work ...

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Armando 123

As long as it wasn't "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

That would be wrong. Funny, but wrong.

#obscure

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Boffins drill into human language by terrifying chimps with vipers

Armando 123

Quite right! Let's do the experiments on reality tv celebrities, welfare bums, and lawyers who advertise on billboards. Who would complain with we did torture experiments on them?

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Armando 123
Devil

Viper?

It's a fun but simple car; not particularly scary, though. If you really wanted to scare them, put in a minivan with a Jesus fish on it. *shiver*

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

Armando 123

Gil Scott-Heron

lost all credibility when he sold out to a Nike commercial. Not that I thought he had a lot to begin with ...

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Armando 123

Thank you for such a well-written, well-thought-out, erudite, sophisticated analysis of the topic at hand. Here's a cookie, now go back to you government paper-pushing.

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Armando 123

Given the timeline for product development, I'm fairly certain this was in development when Jobs was still there.

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Armando 123

Agreed

We got an AppleTV last year for Christmas and, while we rarely watch tv (outside of NCIS and certain sporting events), the integration with Netflix and Youtube is awesome. Living in the US, the latter is the only way we can see certain UK shows (QI leaps to mind). As you said, the interface is damn simple; even small kids and senior citizens can pick up the remote and use it the first time.

Don't be surprised if the new "Apple tv" is actually a new AppleTV that allows one to control all things going to a set.

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Armando 123

Cue Yorkshiremen ...

Well, we had it tough. Our tv was a 'graphic arts graduate' who had to draw pictures damn quick before me ol' dad knotted him with a ball peen hammer.

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Apple fined $1.2m for flouting Italian warranty law

Armando 123

All these downvotes for people who talk about Apple providing great, above-and-beyond customer service? Wow, some people's children ...

All I can say is that we've had great service from Apple. Their people have gone WAY above and beyond the warranty to keep us happy. And from what I hear from others I know, we're not the only ones, I know anecdote <> data, but a *lot* of people have very similar stories of quality hardware and great after-sales service.

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Intel gets Atoms out ahead of CES

Armando 123

I have a Macbook Air and I love it. However, a Macbook Air is not a netbook. The Air is about a lightweight, productive laptop that does make a couple sacrifices for portability and weight but can still do some serious work. I've been doing some C++ development for a personal project I may open-source some day; I've also been doing RoR work for work with it. It's not a muscle car like the Cadillac CTS, but it's a Lotus Elise: light, responsive, and balanced. Apple has a knack for knowing what to leave out, and they hit it here. Also, it's surprisingly well-engineered. I've dropped mine, while it was opened, about 4 feet onto concrete and, though the corner bent a bit, a pair of needle-nose pliers put it back. I'll gladly pay for that sort of design and engineering.

Netbooks, otoh, are about cheap, cheap, and cheap. They're the ugly Pacific Rim cars that whose 0-60 performance is measured by a calendar.

The market has shown that people are willing to pay enough for an Air/ultrabook to make them profitable, but not necessarily for netbooks. If I were running a business, I know which market I'd pursue.

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Armando 123
Holmes

Netbooks?

Fighting 2008's war, are they?

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2012 Games Preview

Armando 123

*sigh*

If we're going to get re-hashes and repeats, could we at least get a new Baldur's Gate? I've been replaying that since it showed up on Antiques Code Show, and even at 12 years old, it's still a damn fun, damn playable, damn absorbing game. Damn it.

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Hidden Dragon: The Chinese cyber menace

Armando 123

Need a Yes, Prime Minister icon

It's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it, Prime Minister? I gather information, you spy, he violates international law by stealing critical security data.

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Armando 123

Maybe

if American companies paid the good engineers more than the hack marketers and hack lawyers, you might get more American students interested in engineering.

I know, crazy thought thinking that market forces just MIGHT have something to do with it.

(Plus, those Chinese students can be charged higher tuition rates by state-funded universities.)

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Armando 123

Racist? We're talking about the Chinese government, not the Chinese people. And the Chinese government does not exactly have a track record that makes you think they respect rule of law or liberty.

I'm not saying they're doing it; I'm saying it wouldn't shock me if they were doing it.

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Reg review of 2011: Jobs, floaters and 90,000 tons of radioactive water

Armando 123
Devil

Personally, I'm nervous about the next big New Madrid quake. The last time it really let go, it created a hole in Tennessee that was so big that the Mississippi River ran backwards for almost a day to fill it in. (And the Mississippi is a serious river. During the '27 floods, it flooded an area the size of Scotland.)

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No winner in Android v iPhone 2011 marathon

Armando 123

Warning: car analogy

Apple doesn't have market dominance, but they do VERY well in the key part of the market: the high end. In autos, computing, wine, etc etc etc, this is where you make your money. Owning most of a thin-to-no-to-negative profit segment of the market isn't the way to succeed long-term. So while Android may dominate in sheer numbers, Apple does better in the preferred part of the market.

Also, Apple's key is that the provide a whole solution: they write the OS, design and oversee production of the hardware, provide a one-stop-shop for software and app purchase, have good brick-and-mortar stores, and their after-sale service is considered by some to be the best in the industry. That tight (some say seemless) integration is not something you can just slap together, it has to be part of who you are.

So I'm not going to count them out yet, and their early and enthusiastic embracing of HTML5 gives them another ace in the hole.

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Go Daddy boycott threat for backing hated anti-piracy law

Armando 123
Devil

On the bright side

It could lead to the end to those annoying Danica Patrick ads(*).

(*) Assuming any Danica Patrick ad isn't annoying

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2012 CES will be Microsoft’s last hurrah

Armando 123

My favorite CES

was the one in 2007. During it, Apple unveiled the iPhone and all flights from Vegas to the bay area were instantly booked.

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Armando 123
Devil

I hope not

His position at MicroSoft is the best asset most tech companies have.

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Pluto's blushing complexion riddle solved by boffins

Armando 123

Hear hear!

Sincerely,

Triton

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Are Oracle's Exadata racks fluffing Apple's iCloud?

Armando 123

@Webster Phreaky

If you were 70, you'd keep going on about Nixon putting flouride in the water supply or something.

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IBM: 'Your PC will read your mind by 2016'

Armando 123
Devil

Then I'll Kill My PC

Because lately I have lines and catchphrases from Crabtree from 'Allo 'Allo bouncing around there. I guess they'll be able to handle "good moaning", but his more ambitious pronouncements would short circuit the whole works. Thus we might be able to blame Jimmy Perry and Jeremy Lloyd for an internet meltdown.

Cool.

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

Armando 123
Devil

Goodbye account then

Surely the commercial use of one's image is not allowed without the express written consent of major league baseb-- er, the individual.

Then again, we now have a legal system of the lawyer, by the lawyer, for the lawyer, so who knows.

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A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7

Armando 123

That this can be done in Safari, Opera, or Mosaic doesn't matter: why can it be done by an application in the first place? I'm glad that IE and Firefox are not made to cause this, but ultimate kernel security does not belong in the browser. Yes, checks and caution are nice, but ...

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Armando 123

I don't trust IE, Firefox is as bloated as a UN bureaucracy, Opera costs money, and Safari is recognized/tested for by major banking and government institutions. So I can see why.

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Armando 123

"But does anyone still write viruses designed to crash your machine?"

Based on my last XP work box, Visual Studio 2008 sure qualified ...

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Happy Birthday Intel 4004, and thanks for all the chips

Armando 123
Joke

"and wondering where the time went"

.... Uh, it went to reading the ebook?

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Nissan Leaf battery powered electric car

Armando 123

Time is money

"Even when fully charged, the Leaf’s digital dashboard never told me I had a range of more than 90 miles. Fire up the climate control on a chilly day and the estimated range will straight away drop by 20 miles."

So on a winter's day, this is going to cost me half an hour of waiting around a dealership (assuming I can find one) for every 70 miles I drive. And in that half hour, I can ... be at a dealership and do things online, rather than making dinner or washing the dogs or helping the kids with homework WHICH I HAVE TO BE HOME TO DO!!!!

Sorry, but this thing is going to cost me about 45 minutes a day in free time, ie over three hours a week, and that just isn't good enough. I don't HAVE three hours of free time a week.

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Parody is illegal, say barmy bureaucrats

Armando 123

Given

that bureaucrats are parodies of human beings, ...

Off with their heads! Assuming that would inconvenience them in anyway.

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Comet Lovejoy survives brush with fiery solar death

Armando 123

Wow

I didn't know Ian McShane was that feisty.

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Armando 123
Coat

"DOOMED I TELLS YA! DOOOOOOOOMED!"

That'll do, Frasier.

Mine's the one with the Dad's Army film in the pocket.

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

Armando 123
FAIL

Prior Art

I heard that someone found the first use of this back in the early 80s, either in a news feed or on a BBS post. The person even explained it.

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2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

Armando 123

Annus horribilus

I see that phrase and think "Preparation H"

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