64 posts • joined Monday 12th September 2011 19:26 GMT
Why does everyone insist on thinking you have to be wealthy to have an iphone? Or you have to aspire to own one? Walk down the High St and you see just as many working class with them (if not more) than you do other types. If poorer people couldn't afford the £50 per month as opposed to say £30 per month, then you wouldn't see so many sky dishes up on council estates.
Almost anyone can buy anything on credit these days, so it boils down to who wants to waste quite a lot on a communications device VS who isn't too fussed about that type of thing, nothing to do with personal wealth.
I agree with other comments though, if you want to have something to impress your friends, why then get "slighty" cheaper device? Maybe Apple overspent on all the 5C marketing as you can't go to a single underground station in London without seeing the adverts plastered over every single wall. I have yet to see a real one in person yet, and I'm already bored of the sight of them.
Was watching "Elementary" and had to painfully watch Sherlock take time to remove the slab, sort out the back support and then add the keyboard, and then add insult to injury make a search with "bing" massively highlighted on the screen.
It was hard to watch, us Brits aren't used to poor product placement. It made me want to hate it!
VBasic is alot easier to use than C++, obviously that makes VBasic the best programming language ever!!
"So Apple painted its flagship gold, a trick Samsung has already copied"
Surely not, copying a colour?? I knew I should have patented "black" just a few years ago when it was completely undiscovered!
Whilst the story of Huawei monitoring Huawei is rather comical, there is no security threat. The vast majority of these devices are used on private networks and any obvious data leakage would be easily detectable and if found (just once) would destroy a manufacturer's reputation for good.
How many times has Cisco equipment been packet filtered over the years for various on-site issues? Imagine if just one packet looked odd, it would instantly bankrupt a company if made public.
How would a Huawei router somehow have a hardcoded IP address coded into it, and somehow filter "relevant" data and then send it to that public IP without anyone noticing?
Re: Have and have nots
Unfortunately, because you live in town and a considerable distance from any reservoirs, from now on you will only receive 0.5gallons of water per day, whilst us country folk have unlimited plans for the same amount. Sorry!
Re: About Time!
Dave, I'm with you. I have at times decided not to visit the cinema because there were only 3d versions of the film I wanted to see. We used to have truly good films at the cinema. It has now evolved into mostly cgi cr4p. What's worse than that... cgi cr4p brought to you in the wonder of 3d.
"Great, and the poor s*ds who buy their stuff end up financing the clowns in government, and the corporatioms have a field day!"
As opposed to the poor s*ds financing share holders?
Why do the corporations have a field day? It would create a level playing field between national and international companies selling within a country, all fight fairly with the same costs and those that prosper will have to cut margins, produce more efficiently etc.
Currently, some corporations do have a field day because they pay so little corporation tax compared to others.
I didn't say it was perfect, and obviously it has to be modified suitably.
Why don't they just scrap corporation tax and increase sales tax/VAT? That way, rather than being based on country of residence, it is purely based on sales per country.
Re: Sad to see them go
How about a BT EFM circuit then? We have many customers taking this route, they're proving to be very good circuits if you have no fibre.
Re: I'm going
Did you just pull those Sky Vs BT speeds out of thin air or do you have a source? Seeing as Sky uses BT copper then average sync speeds are going to be the same between the two. Strangely, BT offers "upto" 16Mbps the same as Sky, plus you have the option of fibre/Infinity, so your performance "statistics" are bizarre.
Re: Yeah but, parasitism is never comfortable
"Samsung skims the suckers and attracts people with little to spend and little interest in high tech"
Most of the people I know with iphones/ipads are either women, kids, parents, grandparents (for ease of use to Apples credit) and my art/design pals, none of which buy them for a specific interest in high tech.
A lot of the latest Samsung phones certainly aren't cheap and do have quite a lot of new tech from what I have read (whether eye gestures etc. will work well has yet to be seen).
I'm fairly unbiased here as my company decided to give me a naff Nokia, so I use neither, you however are so overly biased that your comment is painful to read.
Would it not have the latest version of angry birds?
Name us a life altering App that it wouldn't have, infact, name us a life altering app.
Not enough power
Considering that news articles state we will be suffering from power shortages by 2015, currently with 14% spare capacity, predicted to be just 4% in 3 years. Is it really wise to be promoting electric cars in this country?
"The point is people are more brand loyal to Apple - Samsung is just another Android phone."
It's the "brand loyal" that makes people judge you.
"When it's due for an upgrade the user may as well buy a HTC, Asus, Motorola, Sony or one of many, many more."
Yep, it's called choice, a healthy market, it's what keeps prices to a minimum.
"So what are the chances of someone buying a Samsung Android phone today definitely buying another Samsung Android phone in 2 years time", Who cares? You're saying this is worse than sticking with Apple for the rest of your life?
"I had some devices to choose from for my journey. I could have taken my Alienware MX18, my first-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab, my Asus Transformer, my Samsung NF210 Netbook, my Acer Aspire 5110 or my ageing 2006 silver Macbook Pro. Which to choose?"
Any, who cares? How did journalists cope 5-10 years ago? Write stuff on dead trees. Netbooks were great, but marketing told people to go out and buy tablets, zero productivity but lots of (limited) fun.
Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.
Was with you until "similarly to how they praised Windows 7 (a poor OS)"
Regardless of how poor Vista and Windows 8 may be, 7 is actually a decent, stable OS. Please enlighten me specifically on why it is poor.
Re: What's with this "it must have a Gigabit Ethernet port" fetish?
It's not a show stopper, just incredibly irritating when a lot of folk (which surprises you even though people keep commenting on the fact) use ethernet constantly. I use my Ethernet port more often than a USB port, hence why it bugs me when I see numerous new laptops with no ethernet port and yet numerous USB ports.
So it's not a show stopper, but can you not see why it irritates people when a) They need to buy extra gear to use a popular connectivity method, and b) remember to carry this adapter/dongle (no matter how small) around with them.
Re: You will have to wait...
You don't mean "Apple invents", you mean "Apple packages". Unless you can prove me wrong by stating a single proper invention other than arguably the aluminium unibody process.
"One rather glaring omission from the list, however, are any fixes for the recently discovered problems with Internet Explorer"
So, they're patching a load of stuff, apart from that which afflicts browser versions nearly 2years+? How dare they ignore the people bad enough to either find a better browser or update their existing one!
Gah, this is so dull.
How is "Application Store" any different to the Canonical "Software Store". Slightly different words for the same thing. "Applications" and "Apps" is the same god damn meaning. It's starting to seem to me however that there is in fact a big difference: "Applications" are used by proper professional people (to create and develop shit), and "Apps" are used by people to pass the time during travel, or avoid speaking to their family/loved ones.
Re: I lost interest here:
"Yes because iTunes / App Store is so utterly unsuccessful, not a single person uses it and no other provider tries to emulate it." - It's hard to argue software such as iTunes is "successful" when most Apple users are forced into using it regardless of its quality.
I personally found it to be one of the worst bits of software I have ever used. Agree with the App Store though.
Re: £10m ???
When BT/Colt charge £2k for a simple B-End fibre shift within the same Datacentre, then £10m starts to sound cheap!
Re: This has to stop.
"Videogame" is a generic term for a game played on a "video device" (typically on a monitor). Arcade games were called Videogames even before the widespread adoption of VHS.
Whilst "Computer Games" sounds more appropriate in certain circumstances, it doesn't fit particularly well with Arcade/Console/handheld games. Nintendo went to great lengths to market the NES as an entertainment system, and not as a computer for example.
"We're not Americans" - In this instance it seems as if we are, if we insist on creating a new name for something just for the sake of it.
Re: When you look at the state of most high streets...
God forbid we have towns that have character and a high street that shows them apart.
The strange thing is, pretty much every green grocers, veg/fruit market and butchers I have seen have actually been cheaper than Tescos, often by a long shot. People don't seem to realise this as it has always been drummed into them that the supermarkets are always cheapest.
Also, the range of clothes, DVDs, music etc. is pretty abysmal.
Re: brain dead
"Of course all the Windows users would start rattling on about a "virus" because they are already dumb enough to use windows"
And by "ALL" you mean like 2 people on this forum thread, and you have presumed they use windows. You Sir, do no good for the current stereotyping of Apple users.
Even IF the Surface was a superb device, I think most of the general public are too lazy to even research it. If they want a tablet, they just copy their friends or go with the hype.
So the next ipad mini will have a decent screen, and the next ipad will be lighter? I'm hoping there's going to be a bit more to the new models than that.
Re: Use a Mac? For actual work?
So, you complain about the Apple hate comments AFTER you have demonstrated a bit of MS hate: "but there were huge savings in the time spent banging my head on Windows trying to figure out why something doesn't work, or in time spent patching, or in time spent scraping viruses and rootkits out of my system.".
A sarcastic trolling title, or an outdated rant at MS, not sure which is worse...
But does that package include a Nexus 7 that actually works?
I bought one for my partner's birthday (which is today). She opens it up this morning, only to find that the touch screen doesn't work at all.
Spent 30mins on the phone to Google Play support and now have to wait for a replacement. Really not off to a good start!
Lee Dowling: "And I can't justify my own purchase of a RPi" - Can I ask what you specifically had in store for your Pi when you purchased it?
My work Sony Vaio has had windows 7 on it for 3 years and has had no problems. In fact because it is a normal laptop, I have it dual boot to Ubuntu which makes many more tools available to me.
It's carried around in my loaded rucksack and has taken quite a few knocks, it isn't indestructible and finally after many years I have a small crack on the plastic screen bezel. I sent it back to my company (expecting a replacement) and they simply fitted a new plastic bezel.
Your comment is a sweeping generalisation about Windows, and although I'm not a MS fan, it shows you have very little experience if you still assume you need to reinstall every 12 months.
To suggest you need aluminium unibody to make it durable is just plain wrong.
Re: cost-effective buy
AC, you seem to be mistaken, I have corrected it for you.
Mac User: Go all the way to an inner city store, pay a large sum of money for a Mac (although parting with that amount of cash seems easy whilst enjoying the luxurious, flamboyant settings of the store). Complete the setup wizard in less than 5 minutes and boot to the same looking 10-year-old desktop. Go to the App Store and download all your programs that Apple allows you to use. Discover that you need to buy certain connectors that of course weren't provided. Discover that you probably need to buy an Apple TV if you want to stream music/tv, as Apple refused to follow open standards such as DLNA that hundreds of other companies joined up to. Feel smug that your new Mac will never get Trojans, Malware, Viruses even though this has proven to not be the case.
PC User: Go to store, buy PC, take it home, switch it on. Complete the setup wizard, it may take a bit longer than Apple's, but who really cares? Spend about 10mins uninstalling vendor bloat. Install a new browser. Feel free to choose from millions of applications from various sources. Upgrade a hardware component if required and not get fleeced in doing so. Feel pleased that your PC will likely last many years as you will not feel the need to upgrade on a yearly basis due to a newly released version that contains hardware that the previous version should have had. Accept you have a higher chance of installing malware apps than Apple users, due to Windows being the most widely used and hence targeted system. science!
Re: Maybe, but ...
It's not so much this missing ethernet port that bugs me, it's the audacity of being charged £25 for a connector for it.
If I pay £1500, I expect to have this cable thrown in for free, otherwise I can't help but feel robbed.
Re: I really really really...
I have 3 thumbs down from angry bird "gamers", not sure if I should laugh or cry!
Pirate dave: agreed, but shouldn't we be coding perl scripts to take over the world, or watching old episodes of the IT Crowd, rather than playing a game that's made for 8 year olds? :)
The new mini (in any form) has had its image completely ruined, as it has been bought and driven mainly by annoying little (daddies) girls.
I quite like the look of the new beetle (much more so than the previous new beetle), however, the performance sounds pretty shocking for a new car.
My Golf TDI has better 0-60 performance and averages 60mpg per tank. Why such a lousy engine in a new car?
Tablets are so dull, arguments over different tablets make me want to cut my eyes out.
Smartphones and Tablets are mere gadgets, people that frequently state they have had "5 Iphones and 28 different tablets" seriously need to get out more and enjoy what life has to offer.
People that state they "can't put it down", should take up proper hobbies. How long can you really browse the web, watch videos on a tiny screen (whilst looking like a dick if in public), and use mediocre apps whose usefulness are exaggerated to justify the purchase of the device (take a look at the "top app" charts to see what I mean).
The people I have encountered with tablets:
- IT managers: generally clueless dicks
- People on the underground: Looking like morons reading a book or watching a film.
- Friend's girlfriends: Sitting at home on social media sites, purchasing stuff from websites, and then typically posting said purchase on social media sites.
- Kids playing games.
Why would anyone want to become part of that group? Let alone then argue about pixel density, MicroSD and how one company only has 99% of the "vital" apps that the other has.
I hope people get bored of these soon and something more interesting comes along. Although that would screw Apple over seeing as their main product line seems to now consist of almost identical products but just in different sizes.
Re: What does Apple charge?
"You're confusing FRAND/non FRAND patents and normal vs design patents."
I think what people are trying to say is; if essential technology patents become FRAND, then shouldn't VITAL design patents also be included?
If a company is so amazingly innovative to invent rounded corners, and this is used on pretty much all phones available today then surely it's an essential patent, whether being a technology patent or design patent.
"Well guess the register has become a lets hate Apple zone"
You make that sound like a bad thing. I love reading these comments, mainly to remind myself that not quite all of the world has been brainwashed yet.
Good luck to him, no doubt he'll rake it in just as quickly as an investment banker has money thrown at him.
I'm sure I know people that have regularly made perl scripts far more complicated than his news "algorithm".
It will be popular as people have become so lazy then are unable to source multiple newsfeeds. The problem is, will it create a section of people that don't care if all of the summary news feeds are from a certain biased news source? Murdoch supporting it is always worrying.
Generally, if someone I know has a Samsung TV, phone, microwave or anything else, I am oblivious to it. If someone I know has an Apple device, I am made aware of it on a regular basis.
I've never witnessed Samsung users parading their devices (I'm sure there are some though), it's just a *thing*. I don't think they care as much about being different, it's a different ethos.
"These days social is key and Google sucks at social."
Really, you think? Social has been done to death and is dull as hell. Social websites are hardly raking it in considering their marketcap.
A company that provides advertising, cloud apps/storage, a mobile/pc OS, browser amongst many other things can hardly be called a one trick pony.
Besides, I doubt they ever went with Android expecting it to bring in stunningly vast sums of profits.
I didn't know the elderly like to play angrybirds and frequently check their facebook :/
Re: Process Size
You compare ICs based solely on power consumption vs fabrication process?
Maybe the extra power is consumed by the extra on-chip features, or the higher clock-rate? Not sure how any comparison can be made until we see benchmarks.
You only ever seem to see iPhones with cracked screens now days, i've seen 3 friends recently with them.
I can only conclude that either I see more because there's just more iPhones out there than others, or the screens are badly designed for impacts, or the users are just generally a bit more clumsy than average.
"Apple achieves a score of 849 and performs well in all factors, particularly in physical design and ease of operation" - and that is what it is bought for, physical design bling for the show-off factor, and ease of operation so that mum, dad, kids and grandparents use it.
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