Re: Invention versus Description of the Bleedingly Obvious
Can't see clearly on other sites what the patents actually do apart from being;
"do something that everyone did for years on computers, but do it on the internet".
53 posts • joined 5 Sep 2011
Can't see clearly on other sites what the patents actually do apart from being;
"do something that everyone did for years on computers, but do it on the internet".
Find the app, right click, properties, you can fire up stuff even faster.
But... that's for techies who read sites like this.
Support on Win8 with the Metro UI has been a nightmare, only fixed when using classicshell to 'make it how it used to be!'.
I'd have thought non techies wouldn't mind the pretty icons and all, but turns out they've been using computers just as long as us, and /really/ like not having to do anything different, even if it does mean throwing every single document they can find onto the desktop. "it's the only place I can find it easily!" /groan.
Google's been prepping for this for a LONG time.
Need many cell towers? And the insane amount of backhaul to service it? Hmm, if only they had their own fiber networks in some places. Aha! They DO!
So in all the places they're offering fiber, you can go to Google to get your home internet, cell phone coverage (the actual phones/OS themselves), movies/music/email/document storage/video calling/home security/laptops/desktops. The only things they're missing out at this point I can see are Google Power, Google Sewage and Google Snack Burritos to drive all this. Scary
You're not the only one. That bloke was comedy incarnate. Can't think of anyone else who could walk onto a set, stare at a chair, and get a response like he could, you yourself would have all the things going through your mind on what he was going to say, to then be surprised when he pointed out something obvious you'd not thought off.
Even the show he died, I have to admit, I was giggling as it happened as I thought it was all a setup. Even the curtain being shaken around with his feet sticking out, you couldn't have set something like that up to be as funny. What a way for a comedian to go.
How can I get a sapphire making machine on the cheap? This could sort out the wife's birthday/xmas/anniversary prezzies for decades.
Exactly how I feel. The Nexus7 price/formfactor is great. When it gets Lollypop I think it'll be an even better device than it already is.
M...12? just released? So there'll be a quick fix/release this week soon most likely.
Wonder how common CM actually IS in common use. Is the 10million amount of downloads/upgrades or actual current running versions? Guess my Nexus One running CM7 is out of luck.
I don't get why they feel Dr Who has to be turned into a pseudo rom-com, but her presence is a detriment to every story. I want to watch Sci-Fi with a time traveling alien who uses smarts (and a /bit/ of luck) to fix things than a mopey sidekick who's fretting about having a boyfriend and "oh look, an adventure to distract me, but I'm going to chew my bottom lip until everything is fixed through some odd coincidence of events that being there doesn't really impact much, and I've got to keep making him feel guilty about something"
Capaldi's a great actor but the stories so far have been absolute dross, and Clara being there isn't helping.
The naming thing is catching a lot of people out, seems like the last 2 weeks they've started enforcing the name. A few apps got the headlines for being 'edgy' and something Google would want to get rid of! But then they renamed the app, removed the Android part (as the emails devs get suggest) and the apps are back.
Aye, this is what I don't get, there's going to be people crawling out of the woodwork with, to be fair, valid claims against Oracle/MS/Pretty much EVERYONE.
There won't be enough lawyers to take on the work this is going to cause, and the need for one to be sat next to every coder on the planet to make sure they don't break an existing copyright on how to print 'hello world'.
Tempting, but wondering what OS upgrades will be like.
If the next Nexus device uses this chip? I'm all over it.
It's the sort of thing that when I hear from people at this sort of position, and the phrase 'it's on my desk for review' is uttered, I hear the 'and I'll be accepting various offers for my opinion' even when it's not said out loud.
Perhaps this guy leaving is waiting to find out who's offering the best job after he leaves this post.
Me too. And I can also install other browser/media players and change the defaults if I want to.
Can I use Yahoo if I want their services? Bing if I want to look for pr0n?
Looking forward to MS offering IE on Android/IOS.
That's pretty much how I understood it. Even if Nokia does get back into making smartdevices in the future, they'll end up having to pay so much in licensing, MS will STILL make more money from Android than nokia would making the phones themselves I suspect.
Nexus7 2013, works kinda, seems to be dropping connection often. No lag when running though, some games, whilst connected, looked great on the big screen. Playable (though you find yourself looking down at the tablet anyway, so more a presentation thing!)
Wife's Nexus5 worked flawlessly. No lag, no dropouts. Both running standard OS, no random roms, so... not sure what's happening there.
Very impressive that the lag is... I'd guess, half a second, if that. Gaming is going to be possible on this casting. Gets strange when you go to watch a youtube clip, it'd make sense to ask if you want to keep doing it this way or use the standard chromecasting youtube method that's smoother.
For a beta, it's impressive. Hopefully the issues on the N7 get smoothed out, but early days yet.
Also wondering if/how it'll do it as a second screen, as shown under the dev settings, so you can 'throw' a game/something to the screen and still use the tablet perhaps.
Aye, that's it exactly. It's all right for this no-body MP to offer HIS legal opinion, but can Google use that when they're sued for not removing information? I suspect not.
If he really believes in what he says, he should get the law clarified/changed to give Goog legal protection from the inevitable sueing that'd occur when they denied someone big.
To be a fly on the wall at the dole office.
"I see here you're claiming unemployment benefit, have you tried looking for work?"
"No, I'm not allowed to"
"I'm sorry? You're not allowed to? Why?"
"Well, I signed a document with my last employer that stops be working in anything that competes with them, and as it's so highly specialised, there's only 2 companies in the world who do this, so, as I left one, I can't work for the other"
"Ok... Well, can you do anything else?"
"Sorry, no, the document i signed was very broad, so you see, legally, I'm not allowed to work, thus that's why I'm here as I need money. If I get a job, my old company can sue me for everything, now, I don't know if they'd win, but I'd still need to pay for a lawyer to handle that, so to be safe, I'm avoiding working for 2 years"
"I'm sorry, we can't pay you unemployment unless you're looking for work"
"But my contract says I can't"
"From your last employer? Who you no longer work for?"
"then you should get them to pay unemployment"
"They're in receivership, not paying anyone"
"Because I was their expert, now I've left, there's no-one who can figure it out"
"what are you an expert in?"
"I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to tell you unless you have a certain security clearance"
Totally. The only thing I can think of with that is Samsung is just building up a monstrous amount of evidence to show horrendous amounts of bias. Every other judge who deals with this stuff (Google Vs Oracles, this one here) appears to want to get to the meat of the matter and get facts out, ALL the facts. Not disallow anything that helps Samsung. That she used to work for the company who dealt with Apple IP issues still strikes me as odd she's even allowed to deal with a case that has apparent bias.
What I find interesting about the Scroogled campaign is it reflects (and always has) worse on MS than it has on Google. And now with this, and Scroogled often being mentioned in the same articles, it continues to draw attention to MS.
Now, yesterday was;
"Two people complained about the ad, pointing out that Microsoft scans the content of emails too. But the ASA ruled that, because this scanning was for the purposes of eliminating spam rather than targeting ads, Microsoft wasn’t being hypocritcal."
Sure more news companies will draw attention MS probably didn't want. They don't scan for ads, they manually read/snoop on your email.
Nice that it's showing 'trained by Bamiga sector 1'! Maybe only way to do a decent capture on an emulated machine, as if I recall, the real version was notorious for being fickle to load on the disc drive.
Worked for a tiny computer shop at the time, and it was this game that got people buying Amigas as fast as we could get them. Ok, later gameplay probably put them off, but cranking up the loading screen with this music blaring out, then the first couple of minutes that had you with the full power ups, looked uber impressive.
But we really did have so many problems with that game, think it used some odd format to get as much data as possible, and probably all the viruses going around at the time would knock it out, so we often had to get a dodgy copy for people who'd trashed their original.
And the music apps... Even basic trackers, so easy to get on with, basic samplers. And cross-over cables to get some multiplayer games going!
When later getting into PC's, really annoyed me how long it took for them to catch up basic stuff, like clicking an icon to launch and the machine not freezing up. Better multiscreen handling, sound of course. Ok, the 3D hardware took some time to hit the PC, was only then the PC started to LOOK like it was better. Agnes chip really could crank out some impressive gfx.
Wasn't that long ago a neighbour asked me to give their machine a quick look over as her brother had donated it to her. Turned out he was a gfx artist for a certain well known god game creating company, and it had DPaint installed. Ah, memories.
But yeah, having a machine at home that did what it did, as well as it did it, when we had Mac time in the lab, these 'advanced' machines made me laugh (black and white? tiny screen? ugh!). And the uber fast 486 with high end matrox card? Yup, Amiga hardware really was ahead of the curve for a long time. Shame Commodore mismanaged it; Amiga did well despite Commodore, not because of them.
That the IT Pro has been using the existing paradigm for 20 years and finds Win8 simple does things odd?
MS trained us to work this way, and things you learned in Win386 still worked after all these years until now. Things like setting the properties on the icons so you can zoom around uber fast. Worked in Progman.exe, all the way upto Win7. Now, the default UI won't let you do that, you drop down to Desktop mode, that has been deliberately knobbled. I still find it staggering that even after all this noise is being made, MS is STILL trying to force this through and these tweaks are minor at best, and users are being forced to install Start button programs to get back lost functionality.
That whole 'charms' thing, NO obvious UI hints to that at all, suddenly there's hidden things appearing? And... right clicking in Windows Store for more options, not having a menu in place to start with to know there IS a menu? It just breaks everything UI design has been working towards since UI design was thought of.
Why is MS fighting it's own users so hard on this?
Seeing as they were showing these things off at trade shows...2+ years ago? Yeah, most likely.
More than anything this is an attack by Microsoft to slow down Google so they can get to do the same stuff.
MS has always tried to get 50% of a market, then snipe away, but in this case, critical mass has been against them, and accuracy of data Now Bing isn't /that/ bad (not AS bad, but those google vs bing test is trivial to work out which site is which), MS are cranking up the attacks. Which, to be a bit fair to MS, they did get bashed over the head for their dominance and probably want everyone dragged down to their level.
But they're behind, and doing anything they can to knobble Google, and it looks like these funded 'fairsearch' organisations and the money being thrown about is working.
She used to do work for Apple, and keeps finding in Apple's favour? Eh?
I don't get how she's able to keep getting these cases when there's prior business dealings.
If this is true (and I'm truly hoping it is), then it's the right thing to do.
Chuck on a wig, wrap him in the scarf, and let those dulcet tones flood over you.
A lot of hype here, but considering all the misdirections (and flat out lies!), I wouldn't put it past them.
"Rumors that Elop was grooming Nokia for an eventual sale to Microsoft began shortly after he joined the company,"
After? Before, during, after, and every week until it finally happened. Was incredibly obvious this was MS's plan all along and it was only a matter of time of when, not if.
Nokia staff leaving knew what was about to happen, for Nokia to feign shock at eventual outcomes is... well, it's not working. But, the right people have had their cut, so business as usual.
Turn on the GPS remotely, take a picture, send round the police to arrest the person with stolen goods.
A) no-one will steal phones
B) buy stolen phones.
And the problem is solved, as well as lots of other local burglary crimes too most likely.
It wasn't unexpected the direction they'd be going. They'd really backed themselves into a corner, and WP8/Android were showing that functionality beats pretty UI's that need extra clicks.
The Notification bar, the quick settings, it's obvious that Apple have sat down with everything out there and /really/ looked carefully at it, probably had meetings on what to take it, improve it, and make it look 'appley' but it's incredibly obvious to anyone who looks at them where the ideas are coming from.
And that's ok! It really is! Palm had some great ideas too, as can be seen by the switcher.
You know deep down every iPhone user is going to look at this and think "well, they kept telling me this was better than the competition for all those years, and that they were copying MY phone, but now they're copying them and... I just feel uncomfortable. What else do other phones do better?"
Then again, maybe it'll get a few others to re-look at iPhones and say 'oo, nice hardware and now a nice OS that works like i'm used to'.
Shame they're going to Bing though, to get away from Google, they're once again willing to break their functionality. Unless they think Bing's good enough now. But as bad as Google may be perceived to Apple, have they REALLY forgotten how Microsoft works?
Shows an Apple that's following, following, racing around, sniffing for clues. And at last, the general press seems to be aware that the smoke and mirrors are just that.
Stunning that all this is blowing up in MS's face now. With E3 coming up, there's not going to be chance to talk about games. It won't be just games journalists there, but regular press (I hope) badgering MS execs on providing information to the Government.
Always on? Kinect always running? Listening in? Identifying who's in the room?
No wonder it's already being known as the Xbox1984
This is the first step though for a lawsuit to get cash from all those prior sales though.
Yeah, MS didn't even try to negotiate right, just ran to the judge.
So they get the patents they need for next to nothing, can't be punished for not paying, but can lock out others from using any of their tech.
No-one will submit anything of worth to a patent pool in future, it's just been shown to give away everything for no benefit, and you're far better off keeping it to yourself to allow room to sue later.
Very odd ruling, and something MS will end up also being hurt by at later points in time.
If Google's breaking the law, where is it. Point them to the exact wording, let them fix/work around it, AND hold other companies to the same standard. Otherwise this just looks like a huge shakedown.
Can you implement a law in the EU that's only applicable to one company? No? then show us the law. List exactly how Google are breaking it. Otherwise this is simply corruption.
I'm sure there's other companies cheering them on, offering support, who'll run into huge problems themselves if such laws are implemented. Needing user confirmation on using the search engine, the mapping, the email, the printing (these services can cost money), the... everything.
Funnily enough, Google's method, obvious on why it's the way it is, really is the simplest way to manage this, and thus most likely for a user to tweak. Having different options all over the place is only going to make things worse.
" but mobile makers don't earn any money from content sold on Android"
I suspect that eventually they'll all hammer on Google for a share of that revenue too. Google will take 30% of the app price, take 10% for themselves, 10% for the carrier (if it IS a phone or tablet with wireless), 10% for the device maker it was bought on. It's certainly something I'd negotiate for when Google came knocking on the door wanting cheap but quality devices.
You know, of all the other times we've seen this, it was those 80's games that was my first thoughts too. Fairy Tale Adventure;
18 seconds into the vid. 1986
If this was running on a handheld device, it'd be prior art? Or just mind numbingly bleeding obvious.
Alas not, as this has been brought up. They're allowed to comment that they disagree with the judgement (after all, I'm sure many murderers disagree that they were found guilty "he was asking for it!"), but that's pretty much it.
Slashdot has in the 1st post the offending joke
And later down in the comments, more detail that the joke was posted to a dedicated group on facebook, so it wasn't just joking amongst known friends, but an attempt to upset. This may/may not influence your opinion on what he did.
Sure, but we're keeping Jonny Ive, and the Web.
From what I understand, the turn by turn was actually licensed by Google from elsewhere, and they weren't able to re-sell it for ios.
Article hits the nail on the head, if this flops, Nokia's no more, but MS just tries again.
These DO seem decent. I wonder how many people will get them though, if you like the Metro looks, you'd have one of the older ones, and not being able to run WP8 apps will be a kicker. The adverts were 'the beta test is now over' and it turns out it was nothing BUT a beta. That's going to leave a sour taste in many early adopters.
Shame there's a MS plant in charge in Elop, as it'd be good to have the option to have WP8/Android on the same hardware. Alas, we'll never have that option until he's booted out, and it'll be too late by then.
Tax stuff? sure, 7(ish) years. But general e-mail? Most utilities I'd dealt with, it's 30 days, some as short as 10 days.
Appears she used to work for the company that handled IP issues for Apple in the past. There's been a few links to her previous work before, and it does seem odd that she's got prior experience with the company here. To be seen as unbiased, it's odd she didn't excuse herself from the start, as time and time again she appears to be favouring Apple.
I still maintain it'll be an iPod Max, instead of an iPad Mini.
Lets them keep the same price for the iPads, and sell the iPods a /bit/ cheaper to the 7" market.
Aye, for someone with her background working on Apple IP before, it's certainly odd Samsung haven't raised this as a concern, unless that's going to be the basis for the appeal.
I can see the point they're making /slightly/. The top end brightness does seem to merge a bit, the curve I guess? But I've only noticed it as I've a GalaxyTab7 sat next to it, and the same images on both screens show the comparison. But I think half the problem is the Tab's colours are VERY saturated. Almost cartoonish sometimes, so it looks worse than it is.
By itself, watching films, playing games, it doesn't look washed out at all. Wouldn't mind a twee fix perhaps, some method to control the contrast, but happy to wait for a CM10 rom that lets something like that be done as it's perfectly fine.
Flour, sugar, chocolate powder, margarine.
mixed up, chucked on a baking tray, and left to slightly overburn/overcook. It was rock hard solid slices for pudding, often served with the aforementioned pink custard (yeuch).
As kids, we'd bend cutlery trying to cut the stuff, and as were were all young 'uns at the time, I recall a few kids losing teeth (that were wobbly anyway) to it.
I still maintain;
C64 > Spectrum > Amstrad.
(though the Speccys Amstrad made weren't that bad eventually).
For future reference for further playground arguments;
C64 > ZX Spectrum
Amiga > Atari ST
Android > iOS
Depeche Mode > Human League
Chocolate Concrete > Spotted Dick
Regular Custard > Pink Custard
Tiswas > Anything Noel Edmunds EVER does
Read an interesting reason to exclude it was that by having it there, it opens them up to MS knocking on their door asking for royalties for FAT, something the Nook fell foul of. Not having that in reduces costs a fraction, gets people going for the bigger tablet, and stuffs MS asking for cash. It's a pain it's not there, but with that point, understandable.
Reason I was told was that they can continue to sell that old hardware in new markets with the updated software. The prices of that old hardware can drop a decent amount and it sustains a decent profit margin. So they've got new software, put it in a new box, new people are happy, old customers are happy it's being support and the brand is raised. They can keep selling that older hardware for a /bit/ longer in older markets.
XDA forums have some excellent ics roms for the original tab. Really gives it a new burst of life and appears to run great (apart from the Camera, that works/doesn't work every release, but 3rd party cameras appear to work around that for now).