767 posts • joined 18 Aug 2011
Matt you are a muppet
Yep. That is exactly what I meant to say. You are a muppet.
95%+ of the advertising budget is spent on customer acquisition and customer poaching.
Google has tracked you brilliantly.
Rossignol counts you as a customer so you will not get any ads unless they have new product to sell and even in that case they will probably use the 5% or so of their budget devoted to keeping their existing customers informed of new products and mailshoot you directly. In fact it usually goes out of a completely different budget.
At the same time the rest of the vendors has you pegged as "someone to be converted". That is why you see their ads not Rossignol ads because they want to pay Google (and the websites) so you can see them. This comes out of the 95% of budget assigned to acquiring new customers. They are fighting head over heels for the slot to show you an alternative, convert you and acquire you as a customer and Google has provided them a bloody good service. In fact if you see a Rossignol ad this means that Google has f*** up in compiling your correct profile for the perusal of the marketing lowlife.
So coming back to why you are a muppet. Frankly, I would have expected an ex-CXX of something to actually know how marketing money and advertising money is really spent and how do you acquire customers.
That is normal for a copy. In fact it is the tell-tale sign of a copy.
A modern car that has been engineered properly uses a variety of steel at different thickness in the panels to ensure that crumple zones operate correctly. Example - my little runabout has anything from 3+mm on the sides down to "paper thin" on the bonnet. This contributes quite a lot to the cost of the car because of the different tooling, supplies, tolerances, etc.
If you copy it without following the thickness profiles to the letter it will be cheaper, but the entirely crumple zone engineering goes to hell. That is exactly what Top Gear has managed to demonstrate so eloquently.
They should have actually done a proper car show and showed why by taking a gauge and a drill and going around a Yaris/Auris and a Great Wall's to show what did the Chinese "omit" when copying.
Coming back to the "thickness" and copying - this is doubly so for aircraft. Modern aircraft which was copied verbatim without complying to the exact thickness profiles on skin and trusses is guaranteed to start cracking from metal fatigue sooner rather than later.
Re: I really don't like flying
Dude, you have no idea what you are talking about. The key aviation safety metric is "incident per hour" and "incident per mile"
On that metric the old generation of Russian aircraft - Tu134, Tu154 and Yak 40 (not 42) have _BETTER_ safety records than their counterparts - MD-80 and the original Boeing 737 (this even before you take into account the maintenance they got and the airports they used to fly from). A friend of mine - one of the pilots from the ex-Soviet block (now EU) flag carrier's used to say: "This is Tu, it will fly under water if you tell it to". He flies an Airbus nowdays by the way.
There is nothing dodgy about the old Tus and the original Yak. Uncomfortable, noisy, overengineered semi military aircraft - yes they are all of that, but not dodgy. In fact, If we are talking about dodgy MD-80 which is still allowed to fly in the EU is way dodgier than them (thankfully now as Spanair is defunct a lot of them went out of circulation).
The dodgy thing is not the aircraft, it is the companies in this case. A company that still flies them is definitely dodgy because they have been written off 3 times over now on account of passed maximum MTBF. I mean literally 3 when I say 3 times over. Once by a Eastern European or ex-USSR flag carrier, once by the Chinese (who bought them after that) and once by someone else after the Chinese wrote them off. If a company is flying this kind of aircraft I will not get into _ANY_ aircraft which it flies - even the shiniest brand new Airbus 32x or Boeing 737-800.
P.S. As an example of "flies under water" open airliners.net and browse 154s landing in the UK. You will see more than one psychotic pilot executing _REVERSE_ throttle while still in the air and landing literally out of a stall. Want to try that on a 737? do not think so... You will be splattered across the runway straight away.
That is the right flight profile for a long distance flight - up, down to pick up speed and glide.
I am envious. Very few of mine have ever gone past the 30m mark. The ones that had were lucky to catch an updraft. Granted, I never had a football pro throwing them.
The really interesting thing here is that it looks like it was made out of normal paper. I have always found rice paper (the one engineers and navigators used to use for copying stuff in "lower tech" days) to yield much better results. The design looks conventional too - I cannot see any extra folds down the middle, wing folds, etc (these allow you to get longer distance with a less "crazy" flight path). In fact, it all looks like the old adage: "Pigs do fly, if sufficient thrust has been provided". Lots of thrust on this one though.
It will look very pretty with AMD Fusion APUs
I have to admit, from the very beginning of SeaMicro I would have loved to see that gear with an AMD Fusion APU. That will give most HPC and hyperscale rigs out there their run for the money.
Re: Stick this in your god damn greenietard pipe and smoke it!
As it warms we will see cold first. Every single climate model I have seen predicts that a warming on average in the northern hemisphere will throw the winter temperature in Europe down by up to 12 degrees. A lot of them forgot to account for the side effects from having large open spaces in the Arctic - "lake effect" on a continental scale. They are hastily adding that one now..
So in the grand scheme of things Earth may warm up. In our lifetimes however we will see snow, snow and snow. Freeze too. It is not going to be pretty.
I drove across all of Europe from the UK to the Balkans at the height of the February "Hell Freezing Over" and I was really grateful that I had a good set of winter tyres and winter oil in the sump.
For all practical purposes we got away easy in the UK this winter. If this trend continues next winter is not likely to be so forgiving. Less than 2% of cars have winter tyres, nobody puts in a winter oil change and under 0.1% (if not less) have engine block or sump heaters. So if we get the same stuff EU got this winter next year the pandemonium will be complete.
It may be global warming - prepare for freeze :)
Let me guess
He did not add his daughter to the lpadmin group.
In that case the web interface of cups outright tells you to sod off and the gui/command line tools start asking for root password.
We have all been there :) By default most distros put only the "first" user you add at setup into "power" groups and do not give any extra users you add any of these unless you add them manually. Example - first user on a debian box has powerdev, network, etc by default (not sure about lpadmin, but probably that too). Run an adduser to add your daughter and guess what - she has none of those :)
Re: Reasonable royalty rate
You just did a SHIFT LEFT on that royalty rate, you know what that means, don't you?
Re: As expected.
And your point is?
I'd rather have a working, fully implemented national ID system with _FULL_ "GERMAN STYLE" privacy controls then the piecemeal spaghetti which is being done on a case by case basis and where every Harry, John and Sally can read most of my data if I am on it.
The problem is not the national ID, the problem is who has access to what on it and how it is used. Most of continental Europe has considerably less government snooping (especially at local/council level) and less privacy violations while having a national ID and in some cases national electronic ID and having it cross-referenced versus the tax, entitlement and benefits database. Most of them have had it for 20+ years now - it is not rocket science.
Re: The tech's already partially there..
1. Would you prefer to see your SatNav app on a 7 in screen? Or you want to continue staring in the 4in phone sceen? Granted a lot of in-console displays are too low and require taking eyes off the road for my liking especially for "french" (close to the steering wheel and high up) driving position, but as people say - size matters.
2. Would you want to pay for a extra SatNav in your car which is not updated and not maintained while you have it on your phone anyway?
3. Do you want to pay an extra mobile contract for your car to pay for the cost of traffic updates? 4. Would you want to sit in a traffic jam and wonder can you get your hands safely on the phone and the KLM/EasyJet/FlyBlue/Whatever app to rebook your flight or you can do that off the car console which is well within reach.
5. Ditto for booking.com and looking for a hotel in a city you have never been before? And have that integrated to SatNav straight away so you do not waste time figuring out how to get there.
6. Do you want to keep looking for a place to stick a holder and leave the privilege of having a proper "pocket" for the phone only to BMW iDrive customers?
7. Have you noticed by any chance that running the screen and the video acceleration using an average SatNav app on an average mobile phone nowdays drains the battery faster than it can be charged? It is nice to have a SatNav app, however, it would be even nicer if you could drive from the Netherlands to the Czech republic without swapping batteries at every petrol station. If you display remotely you take two of the big power hogs out of the equation so even an Xperia Arc may last cross EU while being recharged off a car charger.
Shall I continue the list of questions?
I for one am waiting impatiently for our VNC supporting overlords. So the moment there is a good AutoMotive VNC 2 DIN stereo it will be going straight into my vehicle.
Re: So will the next innovation in spam be...
That's not next.
It is already being done.
Re: Re: Re: Oh yes, that's the car for me!
Answering both you and the other poster.
1. The tank is inline. It is not switchover, it is an extra 5l if you run dry your normal fuel tank and I suspect the idea was to introduce a hard shut-off off the fuel sensor. That was not done, but the extra 5l stayed and you cannot refill it if runs dry. You have to do some magic to it. Statement of the fact - just pick up the Haines for it and look yourself :)
2. As far as damage to the car one of my ex colleagues damaged his Punto to a total bill of 1000£ for a replacement ECU and other repairs a few years back by running it repeatedly on "yellow fuel light" and having the engine run with bubbles in the fuel line. If you can damage a 8k vehicle for 1k this way damaging a 80K vehicle to 20-40k does not particularly surprise me.
Re: Oh yes, that's the car for me!
Whose brilliant idea? Any sports/hot-hatch car manufacturer.
Go to your closest Halfords, pick a copy of Renault Clio 1989-1998 maintenance manual off the shelf, read section on fuel tank for the 1.8L (IMO it is the "suicidal" version of that rather fine vehicle). Once done, put it back on the shelf and start picking up any the manuals for any other car which has a "hot" or "sport" spec and read the difference for the fuel tank for those.
You will find that that the 1.8L Clio is not alone and most of these has an _ADDITIONAL_ "safety" fuel tank (5L in the case of the Clio 1.8) to ensure that the injector, pump, etc never run off dry and the ECU never has to try to run the system with bubbles in the fuel line. There is an important caveat regarding this extra tank. If you run dry your main tank you can just refill it. If you run dry the extra fuel tank your only option is "to the garage you go". While the type of system will inadvertently vary from a vehicle to vehicle, overall - if you run a sports car tank dry you are nearly always guaranteed to be spending some time in the garage.
That is true even for non-sports cars. I managed to choke my "agricultural utility vehicle" (Isuzu Rodeo Denver 4x4) this summer offroad and it got a bubble in the fuel line. It was lighting up that the "take me to the garage" Christmas tree on the dashboard for the next 6 hours. While it managed to sort itself out quite a few vehicles will not. Your average Ford Escort will remain in "engine safety mode" with the ECU light lit once it runs dry or has a bubble until you service it. And so on.
So while Tesla's design and stance on it warranty may seem stupid they are not entirely out of line with their petrol bretheren. A modern car which has been run completely dry in most cases will be a garage job. In any case, it is clear that the Tesla needs a trickle charge solar on the bonnet,roof and spoilers. They are being bloody stupid not to do it.
Re: prior art?
My exact thought.
My granddad's typewriter which he "appropriated" from the retreating German army in 1944 works along the same principles.
Going to some newer examples I can recall several models of IBM electromechanical typewriters which retained the lever design to ensure that the typists got the same tactile feedback as a "real" typewriter. Some of these could be connected via an RS232 interface to a computer as a keyboard as well.
They are not part of the pool
When the merger was first announced the ANALists (including elreg by the way) all missed the interesting part of the MM portfolio - everything related to IPTV and codecs from the days when it was the leader in STB development.
Google can use these to beat anyone in the consumer electronics arena into a submission and cross-licensing deal which is exactly what they are doing now.
They have simply set the royalty for them to be reciprocal of what MSFT is asking for their patents from Android (around 2.25% before any discounts). This will be the explanation given back to the EU commission and to the FTC and this explanation will probably stand up to court scrutiny too.
As a side effect it also plays merry hell with the MPEG-LA business model.
Is it nice? Probably no. Is it evil? Do not think so. It is reciprocal - Google is asking same MSFT is asking. Is it fair? Nobody knows because nobody has seen the MSFT patents for which Android manufacturers have to pay 2.25% license fee.
Re: Re: Costs
Which is exactly what is happening here.
You either have to pay 50 quid for "licensed" web or use the free web. Google is killing H264 by the backdoor method.
MSFT and Apple should have thought of this before they officially declared joining forces on killing WebM about a year ago.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Someone finally noted the starving of R&D in a big tech company. That by the way is not a legacy of "Leo". That is a legacy of the Hurd.
It will be interesting how they go along on fixing that because it is much more difficult than fixing "execution". It is easier to re-establish R&D from scratch than to fix R&D that has been starved into obsolescence through a million of budget and headcount cuts combined with "business relevance" requirements.
Re: He'll never work again. Anywhere.
I beg to differ. Let's be real.
As long as the law continues not to be applied to newspapers and their staff he will work again and probably get more than his ex-army chums.
For the time being all I see is lots of talking and very little application of the current legislation (this is one place where I agree with Hislop - no point to invent new laws if the current ones are not being applied properly).
Err... It would have been good if it was true.
The money would have been 13Bn _IF_ it was sent as SMS-es instead.
However in the absense of F***book, BBM (missing from the chart), Google Talk, etc the user may have sent some of that as SMS. Some, but not all. Probably less than 1Bn.
Can we have the ultimate potential domestic animal which humanity stupidly exterminated - the Steller cow. There is still plenty of kelp around the world temperate and arctic coasts. If we had a (semi)domestic animal feeding of it...
Re: Border control has become a wasteful farce
No they cannot. Repeat after me - UK cannot join Shengen because of the _OTHER_ circus - the national identity one.
1. A working national ID system which is mandatory, not elective like passports.
2. A working database to back it up which provides appropriate audit and appropriate access control. Anyone having access to anything is definitely not acceptable.
3. The access control not just there, but used properly by assigning the correct rights and scopes of access. Council clerks snooping on parents to verify that they are not cheating on kindergarden applications are definitely not acceptable. Neither is acceptable to give inappropriate access to a private company - example Consignia and the RIPA (in the initial gov't exec orders and guidelines to enforce that).
None of that is available in the UK and none of this will be available any time soon as it will leave a number of "vested interests" out of a job.
As someone who travels through all of Shengen multiple times per year and someone who deals with taxes, NI, etc in a typical Shengen "database nation" I can say - UK only loses out of that.
As usually it is also half-baked.
Whoever has stuck those tiles has forgotten to grout them properly :)
Re: What garbage.
Dude, have you read the 4.0 (and future proposed ) hardware requirements before posting this?
FFS, they are on par with PC Vista requirements in the 2D/3D graphic acceleration area. There is simply no way in hell every manufacturer will ship 3D accelerated chipset on every f***ing device out there. No way. It does not matter how much the chipsets will get commoditized and how much they will become cheaper. That will still be too expensive for a large chunk of devices out there.
As far as closing Android, android itself may remain open, but a large chunk of the undrelying video will go closed that is for sure for same reason. None of the manufacturers out there is particularly keen on outsourcing graphics drivers and or libraries which do the same OpenGL ops in software.
So Meg actually has a very good shot here if she positions herself right.
Re: Pick your garden now while you can still see the alternatives...
Apple is now on par with Microsoft, Debian and everyone else.
It is now also asking you to confirm that you really know what you doing and accept by default only software from their repository. The only difference is that it is actually implemented properly which Microsoft has failed to do in all of the 15+ years since it introduced driver and software signing and publisher certificates.
Applause. How wondrously restrictive...
Now, let me see exactly how many warnings would Debian throw at me if I decide to add let's say debian-multimedia.org to the repository list without getting their keyring first. Once I am done with that wondrous experiment I am going to see exactly how many warnings will Winhoze throw and how many boxes do I have to tick to install 3rd party stuff.
Re: Greedy barstewards
No. Say thank you to Stelyos of EasyJet fame. Automatic dynamic pricing algorithms based on demand.
Everyone runs them nowdays so the jump in demand immediately caused a jump in the price.
There was no human intervention.
As far as "greedy", you are wrong here. These algos on average cause price drops. The reason why we can buy "old" stuff at 3.99 a pop when it was 7.99 a few years ago is exactly that - it is dynamically priced so its price drops by itself once it is no longer "fresh". If not for the algo you would have had to wait for a human to get around and think of a new price for it which could have happen in a year's time or in 10 years time or maybe never.
RHEL desktop was an abismal failure
RHEL as a server distro is a success, Redhat enterprise desktop was and is abissmal failure.
The classic doom 1 - shareware episode.
Best ending ever. No contest.
There are patents and patents
There are patents essential to implement a device or build a network which are technical and quite often non-trivial. Some of these require tens of millions of dollars to research. These are the patents which Apple wants to have licensed to them unconditionally.
While I agree with the statement that the FRAND system as it stands is rotten to its very core, the content, timing and specifics of the letter make me doubt Apple's honesty in their intention to fix it.
In fact their behaviour aroung MPEG/LA, HTML5 video, etc show exactly how honest are they here. Nuff said.
Mind learning history much?
You are missing the point.
Prior to 1945 voting in the UK had a census requirements. If we go back as far as the 19th century less than 30% of the country had the right to vote.
So in fact, during victorian times it was the ruling class and the people who aspired to become the ruling class who had the right to vote. The GP post commentard is right.
I cannot believe it. What do they teach kids in history classes nowdays...
GSM on Android is going in the same direction too. Granted security functions are in the SIM. That is least likely to change very soon and even if it changes at app level it will probably look the same - so far so good.
The radio functionality so far has been in separate baseband chips. As Android marches downmarket pushing against S40 and Bada it will have no choice but to start running on cheaper baseband+CPU and single chip systems. At the very best these need huge firmware blobs. At worst they do some of the work in software.
1. There is no way such a phone can retain its FCC and CE certifications while running a fully custom build so if google does what the regulators require nobody should blame them for once. The law is an ass, but its the law.
2. The firmware and/or binary blobs for these will often show up exactly as this - vendor apks. So not different from CDMA really.
You need to zoom out a couple of times
Yeah, reminds me of some distopian science fiction (Lem I think) where there were ad-board on the moon surface :)
So what do you want to recommend? The Sony?
The Arc has red-eye software compensation which cannot be turned off resulting in all party shots looking like the Zombie convention of the living dead.
While in theory it is better than the iPhone, in practice it's camera is utterly useless indoors.
Why do you think of Stalin as "left wing"?
Stalin is right wing. As right as any other bloody dictator. He was a racist too. Ever heard of Jewish Soviet republic?
I have a 1953 world Atlas printed in one of the Soviet satellite states which I keep as a relic to show to the kids when they spew bullshit along those lines of Stalin being "left". There the Soviet union has 16 republics, not 15. Well, I am not surprised we do not get to hear a lot about republic no 16 - there are not that many survivors. That is kind-a expected when you put a ghetto straight in the middle of the Syberian encefalitis highest prevalence area, put the deported "population" to mine Uranium and rare earths and call it a Jewish Soviet republic (the Atlas has the list of industries for that ghetto too).
He did not just introduce anti-gay laws. He also introduced per-nationality quotas in universities which resulted in a system where as Russian you could get into uni on somewhere between 4 and 5 GPA (between B and A english/american equivalent). As a jew quite often a straight A academic record and A on all of your exams was not enough.
All of that was of course applied to the jews he did not shoot. Prior to 1937 the Bolshevik party in Russia had a considerable demographic skew - nationalities which had higher than the USSR average education level had disproportionally higher representation. After 1937 that was no longer the case.
Another interesting detail - Stalin was also thick as a brick. Cunning. Calculating. No value of human life. Well, that one is expected from someone who started his career as an enforcer killing suspected "traitors" and "liberating" money from banks. And most importantly - thick as a brick.
People should really take him for what he was - a Hitler mirror image and not assign any "left" values to him. Whatever "left" was left in USSR after the initial revocation of the NEP in the early 30-es was terminated in 1937. After that it was a dictatorship - as "right" as it gets.
In other words - welcome to Booking.com
That is why I use predominantly booking.com nowdays. You are guaranteed that the reviews are from someone who has stayed at the hotel and has paid for it leaving their name, address and credit card details in the process.
In fact Trip Advisor business model is dead - most people use reviews in conjunction with purchasing so in the long term only sites which are affiliated (or part of) a particular shop will survive.
White house is "not commenting"
This does not mean that nothing is done here. You are drawing too many conjectures.
In any case - first and foremost, the Media shall never be defeated in a trial by Media. So if he wants to do something here not answering the petition is the right choice. That does not mean it was not passed to some small clerk in the IRS to check Dodd's taxes (Al Capone style).
As far as him changing or not, I do not think he changed. He continues to be very non-American in his posture and attitude. He talks little, waits for the right moment instead of going trigger happy with all guns blazing and uses an amount of power that guarantees to get the job done.
Err... Terminally bad idea
In order for the hunter to be any good it will have to have the capacity to learn. A hunting machine that can take out a burmese python which can learn... Cough... Sputter... Cough... Sputter...
There are two parts of the human body which take sugar, sugar and pretty much solely sugar for energy - heart and brain.
Leaving the brain topic aside, I am not surprised that something that pretends to be sugar-y while delivering no sugar is bad for your heart.
All nice if you can find them
Well, let's have a look. AMD new fusion APUs, 64GB per socket, motherboards support 64GB per socket (Asus F-series), so let's go find some memory... Nope. Nada. Nil. Zilch.
All that talk about more memory is nice, but nobody is walking the walk.
For the time being the BIG DIMM capacities are mostly in the mythical range. Once you go past 8GB per DIMM the options are scarce and extortionately priced (with or without extender in the equation). Once you go past 16G per DIMM you are definitely in la-la land.
I'll be blunt - can I see those LRDIMMs please. Crucial catalogue number or at the very worst a vendor part number. Nope I cannot. So well, then let's move along then...
It has been mobile for ages
The stuff that ired the fixed line users in Phorm has been the Norm in mobile ever since mobile broadband packages and internet data bundles appeared 5+ years ago.
Initially there would have been no way to deliver anything sensible without it. In the days of GPRS (and Edge here and there) the bandwidth of an average mobile connection pretty much required re-writing web pages.
The "other uses" came later.
No, it is not delivered the "french way".
Standard oral suspension (phenomenally vile as taste so you usually have to force kids to take it).
Name is Racecadotril.
It starts making sense when you see approval stats
The best drug against diarrhea which is prescribed everywhere in Europe for cases of acute dehydration including ones from Norovirus (winter vomiting bug) was developed by the French by taking morphine and playing with it until all nasty bits are gone and only the "constipates" bit is left. It is non-addictive, it has been proven to be clinically safe from kids through adults to geriatrics worldwide to the point where in most of Europe it is available over the counter. It has saved hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
The only country in Europe which pretends that it does not exist is UK. French + morphine origin. UK approval? You _GOTTA_ _BE_ _KIDDING_...
Sorry, do not have the time to go and peek in my travel kit for the name (I resupply regularly with it when I go to the continent and so do quite a few other people who have to travel to unpleasant places).
No it does not
The CPU division taken separately grew 7.2% on revenue and 81% on profit. Where exactly do you see the Windows drop in these numbers.
It was the discrete GPU, their share in the foundry portion, etc which tanked the results.
That is not surprising. Nvidia has a BIG lead now and it is growing. Both Intel and AMD thought that they can catch up by going hybrid. Instead of catching up that strategy opened a new front between them while allowing Nvidia to escape into the safety of the open (and uncontested) discrete GPU and CGPU market.
Wife and 2 kids :) One in the sonic abomination stage (actually slightly past it).
So I am speaking this 100% out of experience.
Debian (or ubuntu for the ones keen on GUIs), dansguardian, elementary squid config and voila. Job done - down to the point where you determine at what time is he allowed to play and watch iPlayer and what not.
You are either sysadmin or you are not
If you are sysadmin then you are capable to take an old P3 box (or a new shiny low power atom), put transparent squid on it and shovel all the traffic from junior devices through a dansguardian. Just give all of his devices static leases. _NO_ direct internet access. Additionally, most of the Sonic Hedgehog clones run perfectly fine on Linux + Firefox. The days when Miniclip was all Adobe shokwave are now gone - it has all gone flash now.
As far as tablets and such -life would have been much easier if Google was not so obstinate to deliberately omit any proxy support from Android. Yes, we understand that this is in order for location + content to match their "Do no evil, feed you some ads" business plan. Not nice though, not nice. Even Symbian used to have a proxy per connection. Considering that it is least likely for google to see the light on this any time soon (or ever) you are back to square 1 - transparent proxy on the house firewall.
By the way, referring to the title of the article - if you cannot do that you are not a family sysadmin, you are the family muppet :)
It is a flamebait, but I will bite
Nasty - well, I agree to a point. Running a JVM (regardless of what it is called) per application instead of a single instance is nasty design. It is also a resource hog. It also makes the development of whole classes of software nightmare or outright impossible. Allowing the OS to kill any application on a whim and having to write apps which are ready for a cull any time is similarly nasty. All the quirks and idiosyncrasies of its audio, bluetooth, etc from a developer perspective are nasty as well. Ad naseum. Reading the Android SDK manual is just like reading the Win95 developers manual. For every rule there is an exeption and/or a corner case where it does not apply cleanly (quite often not described).
Most insecure - I beg to differ. A system that runs each application under a guaranteed different UID and guarantees day one that one application will have no means whatsoever to see another application private data is definitely more secure than something which runs monolitic under one UID (earlier Win Mobiles). As far as trojans, etc it is again not the system - it is the market + user. Google allows stuff in the market with no prior vetting and user's do not look at the permission list when they download or update. However, there is nothing in Android itself inherently which makes this easier than other OSes.
Least pleasant to use - that is not Google it is the third party applications and even there it still has to go a long way to compete with Windows proper. Ribbon UI anyone?
It does not need to make money outside search. It protects search and the _HIGHER_ margin advertising revenue (the one which is tied to location, NFC, etc).
Job done. Scorched earth for 30 clicks around the precious search. You may not like it, but it is a viable business tactic (at least until the anti-monopoly people decide to have a closer look).
Walk into a USA college bookstore with a booklist
Take your booklist for this semester, walk down to the college drug^H^H^Hbookstore and if you buy new the cost is likely to be more than the cost of an iPad. If you buy old they will cost you an iPad once you buy for the whole year. 14$ is 5x reduction on the cost of an average university biology or chemistry textbook and 10x reduction on the cost of some law textbooks.
The ones to really hate Apple here are not the book publishers, it is the universities themselves. Each and every Uni in the USA makes a very nice and very tidy profit buying back books from students which no longer need them at the end of each academic year (when they are "liquefied") for under 50% of the price and selling them back to students at above 75% of the new price next year. On average your average American Uni has extra 100% return on each textbook (that is besides the cut they get for selling "new").
Apple (and Amazon with their Kindle for Uni programme from last year) have effectively killed that business. If I was the bursar at "Small university in the middle of nowhere" I would be pissed...
At least quote properly
He gives the kids free samples,
Because he knows full well
That today's young innocent faces
Will be tomorrow's clientele.
Tom Lehrer, "The Old Dope Peddler"
The most interesting bit here is that this is a naturally parallel algorithm.
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