447 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Re: Quantity != Quality
I lived in Britain one summer. I learned that the best of the UK television was sent to the US, and the rest was just as bad as in the US.
Re: Lack of USP?
<<It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android>>
Microsoft, Google, Apple. All American companies. All probably loaded with NSA snoopware.
Quite a few of those who bought one of the X phones won't buy another Microsoft/Nokia phone after their phone was killed off so quickly.
<<<Not at all surprising really. The initial rush of mobile devices is fading and people are coming to realize that they have to actually get some work done and a desktop computer is much better for that 90% of the time.>>>
Now that XP is EOLed, a good portion of new PC sales are for replacement of old XP kit.
"A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – three of the four largest US wireless carriers"
Now that sounds like a terrorist group.
<<<Use something free? Well, is it really free? You still have to pay to train users on a different product, probably more so if its not what they use at home or learned in school?>>>
That would be meaningful if Microsoft didn't keep changing the user interface for their products.
Re: Well then-
But it gets high and then crashes.
One of the reasons why Google can't directly push updates for many Android devices is the crapware that the manufacturers put on them.
Microsoft playing catchup again
So this is Microsofts response to Google buying Nest.
Re: At first I thought...
<<<so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).>>>
He has to live even longer - Now Martin is talking about a total of 8 books for the series.
And in other OS fragmentation news, Windows XP has a larger marketshare than Windows 8 and 8.1.
Since it's an app you have to download, Android users who only download apps from Google Play will be unaffected.
Of course, MAC address spoofing is trivial. Problem solved.
The final solution
Most of the Amazon warehouse jobs will be replaced by robots/drones over the next few years. Striking will just make Amazon work faster towards it.
Re: World Domination
<<<Every aspiring James Bond villain knows you haven't arrived until you have a rogue satellite fleet at your disposal - well, that and an underground lair and a private army.>>>
And scantily dressed beautiful young women.
How could you forget the most important detail?
In the Clippers arena
In the Clippers arena, all of the chairs are bolted to the floor.
Re: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!
You can turn right on a red light in all 50 states, unless specifically marked.
BellSouth is ATT
"it had swallowed Bellsouth"
No, BellSouth was a part owner in Cingular. BellSouth bought out its partners in Cingular, and bought AT&T. BellSouth then changed its name to AT&T.
Who owns the data?
"Reding argued, following the judgment:
The data belongs to the individual, not to the company. And unless there is a good reason to retain this data, an individual should be empowered by law to request erasure of this data."
So, if a Mr. X does something to me, and I blog about it, I don't own my account of what happened - Mr. X can demand that it be removed from search engines, etc? It sounds like a form of government enforced censorship.
<<<5.99 GBP = 10.09 USD
They pay $7.99 in the US for Netflix, so we're paying more and due to geolocking, we get less than they do.>>>
Add in the VAT to the US price, and the difference in price is small.
The problem for Microsoft with the small form factor tablets is that as the size decreases, the more they become primarily a media consumption device. This somewhat negates the main advantage of a W8 tablet - being able to run the productivity software.
Re: It's not my birthday today! @Gene Cash
<<<They also made a wonderful 8mm portable VCR/camera that could play Analogue tapes as well as recording/play Digital. Great "bridge" to put analogue on PC via Firewire via its analogue input.>>>
I have one of those, and I've used it to dump 40+ tapes onto my computer. The downsides is that a 2 hour analog tape ends up taing up 28GB of space - easy now, but back when I bought the camera, 8GB was a good size disk drive.
Re: an average man needs 2,500 Calories each day to survive
2,500 calories is too much for the average man, unless he is fairly active. I'm, 6 feet tall, walk 4 miles a day at a good clip, exercise 25 minutes a day, and I burn 2,500 calories.
As someone in their late fifties, I look forward to self driving cars when I no longer can safely drive.
I also could see sending my car out to pick things up at the store - order on line, the car gets there, a store employee puts it in the car, and sends it back home.
Between a rock and a hard place.
The problem with Surface is that the android and apple tablets are better and/or cheaper than the Surface as media consumption devices, and for "getting real work done", laptops are often much better than a Surface.
I assume that they will use a prism to turn the light path 90 degrees so that they will have room for the zoom and not be restricted to a length of less than the thickness of the phone.
Re: Why not go for Centos instead?
While CentOS is essentially the same as RHEL, if everyone went CentOS, Red Hat would go out of business. And then where would CentOS be?
A long time ago I learned that while I love a bargain, if we make too big of a savings the company I am doing business won't survive. And in the long term that is certainly not to my advantage.
What saved me
What "saved" me was the Usenet newsgroup talk.origins - I lurked there for years, and came to the conclusion that religion was just bull****. This was before the web even existed.
Re: Linux desktop
<<<The Linux desktop is struggling at the moment, thanks to KDE4, Gnome3, the "Unity crack pipe" etc.>>>
KDE4 has been sorted out for a long time now. Even the older version of KDE4 shipped in RHEL6 is ok.
<<<On the other hand, Centos and RHEL won't be able to drive your scanner in the first place.>>>
Never had any problems with CentOS and my scanner.
But these aren't *real* android, since they can't access the Google Play app store.
Will stores like it?
The problem with this is that the customer never steps inside the store. And when a customer goes into a store to buy or pick up something, it is an opportunity for the store to sell something else to the customer that they hadn't initially planned on buying.
Re: Surely multiple OS choices for one handset would be the answer?
Just like with android, Microsoft will probably go after any company that offers at tizen phone.
Welcome to the Land of The Fee.
Re: Sad Prius Driver
<<Happily I traded it for a VW Golf which despite its legendary reliability>>
Needed a new keyboard after reading that.
The best leave first
Often, when there is voluntary separation, the ones that can get a new job the easiest are the ones to leave - which typically are the best ones.
Re: More like a PR relkease then a serious review
<<<Bing has been stuck at < 20 of the market since day one. >>>
It's amazing that it is that low. Considering that it is the default search engine for IE, and most users are too lazy/don't care/can't figure out how to change the search engine in IE, you would think that it would have a much greater market share.
<<<Surface tablets are improving. Only if you look at % of growth (yesterday I had 1 dollar in my pocket, today 2 - does that mean I'm now rich?) and not market share. Based on market share if it was not MS Surface sales would be in the slice of the chart called "other">>>
Surface tablets are at 4.4%, up from 3.4% a year ago. But over half of the sales are from the dumping of the old Surface RT tablets at a massive discount.
I welcome these types of moves - eventually it will lead to self driving cars. I figure that by the time I'm elderly, self driving cars will be well proven and affordable. And I'll be able to get around safely, when otherwise I'd be a danger. Also there would no longer be drunk drivers on the road - they would just be drunk passengers.
Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together
Neither was OSX.
Re: I wish ...
Of course, the Motorola Atrix had a fingerprint sensor *long* before Apple did.
Yeah, they seemed to forget that in 2012 WP7 phone sales dropped drastically once the details of WP8 became known.
Re: Samsung Board Room
My son had a 3GS - after a year, the battery wasn't lasting very long, and after two years (2 year contract), he had to use an external battery pack.
More like Terrorist Investor. Icahn gets ahold of companies, rapes them of their assets, and then walks away rich.
Re: IBM HW: going out of business?
If the iDataPlex line is going, it will be a nice boost for SGI and Cray.
Asset Stripper? More like Asset Rapist.
<<<If you can't/won't avoid sharing information, you can at least spread it around a bit so one company doesn't have the full picture. >>>
It doesn't take much for a company to have a good idea about you, so spreading it around means that instead of one company has a "very good" idea about you, three or four may only have a "good" idea about you.
I remember the Reg when it was sent as an email every two weeks.
Re: Wait a minute...
<<<but a lot of sites are running with a source citing that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will be announced this April with a...... fingerprint scanner...... But, ...but surely that would be BLATANTLY RIPPING OFF APPLE, wouldn't it? >>>
No, Samsung would be ripping off the far older Motorola Atrix.
Re: sapphire glass scratches ?
Same here - my Seiko watch has sapphire glass, and no scratches. And I'm not gentle - the band and case are heavily scratched.
It's not surprising Apple is doing this - it will get harder and harder to differentiate premium smartphones in the future. At least until the next big thing is figured out.
Re: Gifts from the Gods (while walking in the meadows)
My brother in law was an airline mechanic - He called Airbus "Scarebus", and didn't like flying on them.
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