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* Posts by Jyve

48 posts • joined 5 Sep 2011

Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

Jyve

Cheapo sapphire machines?

How can I get a sapphire making machine on the cheap? This could sort out the wife's birthday/xmas/anniversary prezzies for decades.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Jyve

Re: Maybe...maybe not.

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.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

Jyve

So it'll be fixed soon?

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.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

Jyve

Clara must go

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.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

Jyve

Re: Blame the lawyers

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.

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

Jyve

Re: Oracle are most definitely evil

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'.

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Jyve

Tempting, but wondering what OS upgrades will be like.

If the next Nexus device uses this chip? I'm all over it.

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Report: Google back in Europe's crosshairs over web domination claims

Jyve

Re: Feels like déjà vu

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.

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Jyve

Re: Is there a way to circumvent the EUs ruling?

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.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

Jyve

Re: Microsoft bought Nokia because ...

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.

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Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

Jyve

Works, kinda

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.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

Jyve

Re: right to change history

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.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Jyve

Re: Can't see the gray area here

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?"

"yes"

"then you should get them to pay unemployment"

"I can't"

"Why not?"

"They're in receivership, not paying anyone"

"Why?"

"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"

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

Jyve

Re: What a difference it makes

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.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

Jyve

Re: In other words...

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;

http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2014/03/27/microsoft-wins-battle-over-scroogled-ad-campaign/

"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.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

Jyve

Hacked version on vid!

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.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Jyve

Re: Having used every desktop version of Windows since 3.11,

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?

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

Jyve

Seeing as they were showing these things off at trade shows...2+ years ago? Yeah, most likely.

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Google search biz offer BINNED by EU competition chief

Jyve

Re: vertical search?

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.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

Jyve

Wait, Koh again?

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.

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Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO

Jyve

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.

/pleaseohpleaseohplease

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

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Holmes

Unexpected

"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.

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

Jyve

Or...

Turn on the GPS remotely, take a picture, send round the police to arrest the person with stolen goods.

Pretty soon;

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.

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

Jyve

Familiar

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.

But...

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.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Jyve

This makes the Ouya look highly impressive!

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

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

Jyve

Re: OMG!

This is the first step though for a lawsuit to get cash from all those prior sales though.

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Googorola loses bid to ban US Xbox sales after ITC slapdown

Jyve

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.

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

Jyve

Laws?

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.

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Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM

Jyve

Re: Apple is more than just a tech company...

" 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.

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Jyve

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;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5_4DhXWdwo&feature=related

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.

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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

Jyve

Re: That's just brightened my day.

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.

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

Jyve

Re: Anyone know what he said?

Slashdot has in the 1st post the offending joke

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/10/08/0033233/uk-man-arrested-for-offensive-joke-posted-on-facebook

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.

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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

Jyve

Re: Well, DUH!

Sure, but we're keeping Jonny Ive, and the Web.

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'Apple's iOS 6 maps app is SHOCKING, rushed and half-baked'

Jyve

Re: Meh ...

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.

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

Jyve

Unexpected

Article hits the nail on the head, if this flops, Nokia's no more, but MS just tries again.

Though...

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.

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Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

Jyve

Re: @Mark . - that would be a "yes" 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.

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Jyve

Re: Evidence

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.

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More reports that Apple plans iPhone 5 September surprise

Jyve

Branding

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.

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Apple, Samsung begin battle for billions in US patent smackdown

Jyve

Re: The theory behind these pre-trial bans

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.

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Google Nexus 7 blighted by brightness blunder

Jyve

I kinda see it

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.

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UK judge hands Samsung win for being 'not as cool' as iPad

Jyve

Re: @Jyve

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).

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Jyve

Re: In the 80's

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

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Brits get to fondle Google Nexus 7 slab in just a fortnight

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Re: $49 for 8GB

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

Jyve

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.

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Jyve

Re: So...

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).

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Jyve

True, chatting to some techs from one of the bigger hardware providers, who probably wouldn't want their remarks to get back to the telco's, it's all the telcos fault.

They've had ICS ready for their devices for MONTHS. Tried/tested before the public ASOP release of ICS. It's the carriers that are dragging their heels and not wanting to upgrade. And if they DO want to upgrade, they insist on their own testing (which is only fair of course), AND their own bloatware added (that then takes yet further testing, and if there's a problem found with THEIR bloatware, they apparently do everything they can to blame the phone manufacturer).

Very frustrating for the hardware sellers. They get the reputation as not wanting to support their hardware and nothing could be further from the truth. Well, sure they're not against someone buying new phones/tablets from them of course, but long term they know it's working against them when customers think they won't upgrade their phones.

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Sun rises over .xxx smut domain

Jyve

Bah

They wouldn't let me register www.xxx, though http.xxx was still available last time I looked so you'd be able to have the address ftp@http.xxx xxx.xxx is gone, probably all the 3 lettered ones grabbed too. xxx@xxx.xxx would have been an awesome email address too. Oh well. could have been greate for some email filter testing/spam collecting!

Which also makes me wonder, is anyone going to have non-www things going on with .xxx? Are people going to have hotbabe@sexy.xxx email addresses? And would having a .xxx be MORE or LESS likely to get spam email?

Very curious how this plays out from, uhm, a purely technical aspect. Yes, that's it. Purely technical.

(seriously, how could would xxx@xxx.xxx have been!)

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Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves

Jyve
Facepalm

The 7" too?

Wasn't it the 7" tablet that Jobs made jokes about before that it wasn't a real tablet?

And now it's too close and confusing to Apple's Tablets?

What planet are the lawyers living on that they're able to get away with all this? And why aren't Samsung's lawyers knocking these things down easily?

Perhaps they're building up a huge list of issues to assault at once, as what's currently going on (and how obvious it'd be to knock these points down) doesn't appear to make much sense to me.

Photoshopped evidence, prior art, Jobs himself saying it's not comparable.

I mean, instead of the doctored evidence, couldn't Samsung just say to the Judge. Take these 2 products fresh, no-one else touching them, fresh from the factory. Turn them on. Do they look/work the same? (and throw in PalmPilot Colour/Symbian/Meego/WindowsCE devices to add to the fun)

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