621 posts • joined 11 Jan 2012
"Popularity can change quickly - just ask anyone over at RIM/Blackberry."
It can happen to anyone...even Apple. Will it? Who knows, but BB was riding very high in 2007...they were THE hottest item in the cell phone market...and in just a few short years, they were running a distant 3rd and dropping.
History does repeat itself all too often, especially when companies get smug, and think they have all the answers.
Re: Couple of tips Tim
"... its not just the money its the perception you think we are too stupid to notice a total ripoff."
Well...apparently...many people are "too stupid to notice"...because they keep buying every time some new iThingy is released.
So tell me...
...if their system was tits-up...how were their customers getting their apologetic messages from Twatter?
Very simple kids...
And we should care what this clown thinks because why?
"Playbooks (which, hilarious, required a RIM handset for email)..."
Actually, they did not require a BB handset, but the first PlayBooks did not have any e-mail client whatsoever...or calendar application. Wasn't until the first major upgrade that both these items were added. And being that RIM made its reputation on messaging & calendars...what ever were they thinking? Obviously...not much.
That was the first of many huge mistakes RIM made with the thing. Along with virtually no advertising of the product...EVER.
I was able to connect my LG 3g & Motorola 4g phones to it either through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Worked just fine, but the e-mail program was poorly written.
The PlayBook had/has a fantastic screen, and great sound as well. Far superior to any other tablet on the market...even now. But...and this is one huge "but"...RIM simply promised the world to owners in regards to the new OS... for nearly TWO YEARS...then hung them out to dry.
I know...I own one...and it now sits quietly on a shelf next to my copies of Microsoft Bob.
And when it becomes apparent that there is nothing new...
...down the stock goes.
Chances are fairly good that there won't be anything revolutionary...simply the same devices warmed over...once again.
Well there are two words that can get these CEOs in trouble...
...and those would be Fiduciary Responsibility. The clowns running these large tech corporations are bound by this rule.
If someday, some large shareholder(s) realized that one of these buying sprees by the CEOs of one of these companies had devalued their multi-million/billion investment, the CEO just might find themself in deep doo-doo.
It is legally possible. Whether it ever happens or not is another thing.
“Suddenly we realized, you don’t care if it’s accurate!” Yurchenco added. It’s like driving a car. You don’t look at where you’re turning the steering wheel, you turn the steering wheel until the car goes where you want.”
So he just turns the steering when when the mood strikes him...not really caring where he ends up?
Please let me know where this clown lives. Because I never want to be on the same roads as him.
Re: Sheep of the world, flock to your Apple store
"Makes you worried for the state of modern civilization."
Too late for that. What with Farcebook...and the rest of the similar social networking crap..."civilization" is on an irreversible downward spiral.
Not really @David 138
"So if your a black female lesbian, and you get a position at Apple then you can rest assured its because it's ticking boxes not that you are right for the position?"
Ahhh...I'm afraid not quite. You'll need to be a non-white...non-US citizen...military veteran...of undetermined sexual orientation...with a permanent disability.
""Our definition of diversity goes far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. It includes personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities," the Apple chief said."
For anyone who fits all of those criteria...then feel free to give Tim a call. He's got a job for you.
Has anyone given thought to the fact that...
...maybe...just maybe...the kid shot and killed was the one at fault? Hmmm?
It was reported that the kid pushed the officer back into his police car, then grabbed for his gun, then things went terribly bad.
Yea...yea...I know...that's the police version...and the "eye witness" versions are different. They always are. But why are most people assuming that the kid was innocent? How about the possibility that his friends aren't telling the truth, and may be lying? It does happen.
And as a lot of kids his age do carry concealed weapons...maybe the cop was afraid for his/her own life, and reacted accordingly.
Because that is exactly what happened earlier today (Wednesday) when a "protester" drew a gun on an officer...and the officer shot back and seriously wounded the little charmer.
"Early on Wednesday, a police officer shot and critically wounded a man who drew a handgun near the site of protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a St. Louis County Police Department officer said.
And before anyone gets their collective knickers in a bunch over what I am saying...believe me...police in general are not on my list of respected persons. They are right there at the very bottom...right alongside politicians.
But the reality of the situation is that there are only two people who know the real answer...and very sadly...one of them is dead.
Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?
@Trevor_Pott...my...my...my...haven't we gotten our Knickers in a tight bunch.
Re: Hi Apple
"Isn't it time that your machines have this feature with the EFI?"
No...because "they just work". You gotta problem wif dat?
Is it Friday already?
Must have missed a few days. Could have sworn it was Wednesday when I got up this morning. Hmmm.
"One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing."
@plrndl...another "expert" heard from...NOT.
Really? So my brother and sister-in-law...who both have PhDs in Climatology...and my sister-in-law runs a world renown University laboratory that analyzes ice cores to study climate change...aren't in "climate science". Right.
Sorry chris...I'm a bit confused.
You state "Having worked with many government and IT entities..." yet you make a perfectly logical statement like " If you want to be successful, then you make a road map of where you want to be and lay down the foundation for getting there: one piece at a time. Where each piece is bid on (fixed), and achievable within 6 to 9 months. Any project that takes longer than that is just too much.
Don't you realize that there is absolutely no logic in government? If there were, everything would go smoothly.
Politicians would put the country's needs ahead of their own personal agendas...bills would get passed...government spending would be carefully monitored...government appointments would precede in a timely manner through Congress...there would be no need for Lobbyists...and everyone would be happy with...and have implicit trust in...their elected officials.
Not sure if there is any country on the planet like that.
That is a world which only exists in one's mind...not one that will ever exist in reality.
Just kidding mate. Have a cold one...but reconsider your comments. ;-)
..."they just work"...maybe.
"Apple said to be readying OS X Yosemite public beta "
I thought every release of Apple's operating systems were public betas.
"Nurse, my medicine!"
Funny you mention medicine...because in the U.S....the cost of many medicines is much higher for U.S. citizens...than the exact same medicines...made by the exact same companies...in many other countries...such as Canada.
So don't feel so bad...or alone...because there are plenty of U.S. & international drug companies screwing U.S. consumers.
Re: Yup, that's why I won't use apps.
I use apps...but I have SMS messaging blocked on my phones...both outbound & inbound. No worries here.
"Already there. Called IBM Traveler"
Yep...and it works very well, actually. Used it for several years...but I'll bet Dead Steve is none too happy about this collaboration. Oh well Stevie Boy...you're dead, and can't do anything about it.
"'We are building an operating system for human activity'"
As opposed to all the other operating systems that haven't been "for human activity"?
And those would be exactly which ones Sparky?
Well...I'm not too busy at the moment.
Let me know if I can help out in any way.
"The question of how this...keeps appearing out of nowhere has been haunting us for over ten years"
So Lester...just exactly who is in charge there...if you don't know how this keeps happening? Hmmm?
"Beijing fears it could beam secrets back to America"
Oh not to worry China...the NSA takes care of that.
...is that you out there downvoting everyone who criticizes Rupert here?
This is shocking!
At least there is no chance whatsoever that any Chinese military info is in the hands of the US. That would make the US government hypocritical...and what are the chances of that?
So he commits suicide.
Will he be missed? Probably not. Wouldn't worry about it Lester.
If Marky-Poo is someone these kids look up too...
...God help the future of civilization.
...if you ever hope to sell this item in the US...you had better keep in mind HIPAA compliance...because you are in effect sending patient data via your Bluetooth connection, and any HIPAA regulated data such as this has very strict security rules regarding its transmission.
How utterly pathetic.
"Porting this capability to the watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone."
Because it is so difficult to reach all the way into your pocket to pull out your phone.
Well, if you don't use Farcebook in the first place...
...then this isn't really a problem. Now is it?
Re: Looks more like...
Lindsay...have you started drinking again? You know how irrational you get when you do that. Please be a doll and stop...again.
Re: Psych(o) researchers
So if Tal Yarkoni has a family...would he mind if someone told him they had just all been killed in an auto accident...just to test his emotions? Even though they were all safe at home?
After all..."“The manipulation had a negligible real-world impact on users’ behaviour”, Yarkoni writes."
or in his case...
“The manipulation would have a negligible real-world impact on users’ behaviour”, Yarkoni writes."
Isn't that right Tal? No problem is there?
Another P.T. Barmun moment
"iFind's creators WeTag had raised a cool $546,852 from 9,771 Lemmings when Kickstarter suspended funding yesterday.
There...fixed it for you.
I know this BOFH is only satire...but...
My wife has a brother-in-law who is a Beancounter...and her sister was one for a long while also (before she thought she should go and find God...and that has been a real laugh)...and this Anal Retentive idiot accounts for every penny he and his wife spend on a daily basis.
When they used to come and visit us (fortunately, haven't had them visit in years), he would pour out his wife's wallet...empty his pockets and wallet onto our Den coffee table...arrange every coin and paper bill in neat stacks by denomination...and then make a hand written accounting of their day's expenditures.
It creeped my wife out so much, that she told the both of them to stop doing this in our house.
But they still do it in their own home. Pathetic pair they are.
Re: If I may...
Pardon me...forgot one other definition for drone...and that would be what emanates from the mouths of every politician on the planet.
If I may...
drone 1 (drn)
1. A male bee, especially a honeybee, that is characteristically stingless, performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee.
2. An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.
3. A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: "undervalued drones who labored in obscurity" (Caroline Bates).
4. A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control.
[Middle English, from Old English drn.]
drone 2 (drn)
v. droned, dron·ing, drones
1. To make a continuous low dull humming sound: "Somewhere an electric fan droned without end" (William Styron).
2. To speak in a monotonous tone: The lecturer droned on for hours.
3. To pass or act in a monotonous way.
To utter in a monotonous low tone: "The mosquitoes droned their angry chant" (W. Somerset Maugham).
1. A continuous low humming or buzzing sound.
a. Any of the pipes of a bagpipe that lack finger holes and produce a single tone.
b. A long sustained tone.
c. Any of various instruments that produce only a constant pitch.
[From drone (from the bee's humming sound).]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
NFW Google...and every other IT firm.
There isn't a snow-ball's chance in Hell I will EVER have my home, appliances...and especially my car...connected to any Internet organization. Not Apple...not Google...not Microsoft...not anyone.
The only items that are...and will still be...connected to the Internet are my computer and Smartphone. Everything else is off limits to all of these creeps.
Re: How many users over the years...
One of my brothers, who recently passed away, went on step better than Post-it Notes on ALL of his computers...he took the time and trouble to use a label maker to neatly create labels with every username and password he used online...and then affixed them to his computers.
When my other brother, a Sys Admin like myself, found this and showed me what he had done, we both were speechless.
"Detection is apparently within 50ft of any node."
Seriously? Seems to me that if one of these Drones comes within 50ft. of me...then I probably would, at the very least hear it, and most likely also see it.
Sounds like just one more P.T. Barnum moment to me. The complete dumbing-down of society continues.
Re: Re: depressing lack of common sense/base scientific knowledge
"Just a couple of critical questions... what colour are the beans and what magic do they posses?"
Well @Rob...depends on what type of magic you need.
Red beans do one thing. Blue ones do something different. The white ones are "magic specific", meaning that each bean will only respond to one wish. Have two white beans? You get two different wishes.
Now the Pinto Beans are really special. Being that they are multi-coloured, each bean can grant more than one wish at a time...but the wishes must be similar.
As for the green beans? Ask Jack what they do. He's in control of those.
Hope this helps.
"If I could pick up my packages from the station when almost home that would be excellent."
As opposed to picking them up from your front doorstep? You know...the one attached to your house.
So I pay a delivery fee to Amazon...for shipping company X to deliver a package to a train station...so I can therefore take time out of my commute home at the end of the day...to stop and pick up said package...and then carry it home myself...along with my briefcase...and laptop bag...and top coat...etc...etc...
So just how do I sign up for this convenience?
What a pathetic world we live in.
"The world blazed with anger and indignation after Facebook collapsed, causing its stock to fall by nearly 0.8 per cent in pre-market trading.
Re: The internet of fridges
There isn't a snowball's chance in Hell I would ever connect anything in my home, other than a computer, to the Internet.
"That said, electric cars will be the dominant car within the next 20 years."
Right...just like computers would bring about the "paperless office". Still waiting for that to happen.
That fantasy was first coined around 1975...slightly more that 20 years ago.
"The dear are shooting back now? More sporting I guess."
Don't know about whose dear you know that may be shooting back...those kind of women I try to avoid at all costs...but it would be very cumbersome for any deer to pull a trigger...what with having a cloven hoof and all.
Mine's the one with the Venison steaks in the pockets.
Re: Instead of flipping images upside-down, just tilt them by a few degrees
No...the "evilest thing I can imagine" would be to intercept and replace the image with a very bright, rapidly flashing, strobe light. Now that would be evil...and a whole lot of fun. :-)
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